There really is a simple purpose for believers in Christ: Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; love your neighbor as yourself; go and make disciples. Most believers in Christ would agree that these three elements should be a part of our daily life. However, they really ought to be the complete focus of our life! As believers we are called to love…love…LOVE! We are to love sacrificially, completely and unconditionally. We are to love without end! There is never an excuse for a believer in Christ NOT to love.
We often speak of love in terms of how we “feel” and in so doing have made love little more than simple emotion. We talk of falling into and out of love as though it were an accidental thing and in doing so have made love something beyond our control. Yet love is more than feelings! Love is an actual choice! A choice we always have the privilege to make.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is a choice of attitude and behavior. Often these attitudes and behaviors will lead to feelings but feelings themselves are not necessary in order to choose love. If you are waiting on warm, fuzzy “butterfly in the belly” feelings before you choose to love then you have given up your God given choice and become a slave to your feelings. Try to think of love this way: The engine driving the train is the choice we make to love and the caboose is the feeling which follows that choice.
What choices are you making today? Your attitude and actions tell the answer. Will you believe that love is a choice? Will you pray for God to make you “willing to be willing” to love those most difficult to love in your life? The decision really is up to you my friend! Choose love!