Proverbs 21:21 - He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
“I can't stop this feelin'
Deep inside of me.
Girl you just don't realize
What you do to me.
When you hold me in your arms so tight,
You let me know everything's alright.
Hooked on a feelin',
High on believin'
That you're in love with me.”
You may recognize these lyrics from the popular song Hooked on a Feeling performed by B.J. Thomas from a few years back. He is singing about this feeling that a woman gives him when they are together. He is hooked on this feeling that she gives him, and he is ready to sing to the world about it. He’s hooked on a feeling.
This scenario is a good illustration of our definition of love. Many of us have bought into the idea that love is uncontrollable, that it’s something that just happens to us; it’s an over-the-top experience that takes over our mind and emotions. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, “I fell in love,” as if love is some kind of a ditch. It’s like I’m walking along one day and bam! I fell in love, and I wasn’t even looking for it!
The truth; however, is that love is not a feeling or experience; it is a choice. Proverbs 21:21 speaks of those who pursue love and righteousness. Love is not something that happens to us. We must pursue it. Love is a lifestyle of committed, decided actions. It’s true that attraction and excitement can be parts of a love relationship, but these wane or fade over time. True love never fades. True love never fails or turns its back. Those who truly love do so because they have made a choice to love. They make the choice, every single day, to offer themselves in faithful commitment to another.
This is also true of your relationship with God. You have to choose to love God. He won’t force you to love Him. You are free to choose a path without God. He will pursue you, yet won’t force you to love Him. Why? Because He knows love can’t be forced. He understands that love is active choice. Will you choose to love today?
How did you previously define love? What do you think about the assertion that love is a feeling?
Choose to love today! One of the ways we love God is by loving other people. Choose one person to do a selfless act of love and service for today.
This entry was written by my friend, Casey Young @casey_young. Get your copy of the Hero Handbook here.
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