Most often in our cinematic culture, we tend to have a grand romanticized view of love. The wedding at the end and happily-ever-after view we get from movies, tv and books drives us to believe in a magical quality of love. We say things like, “we fell in love at first sight,” as to say that it was totally out of our control.
I feel the need to warn you, whether you are single and looking for love, or newlywed and excited about the future, or married for a while and feeling like you’re in a rut, or even divorced and dealing with bitterness and loneliness; we believe a lot of lies about love.
While love is spiritual, it’s not magical. Real love is ultimately a decision, and in order to love others properly, we have to do things that may be hard or difficult for us to accomplish.
While love is emotional, it’s not an emotion. When dealing in the economy of love, we may not always “feel some kinda way”, but we must choose to love anyway.
While love is good and fulfilling, it is sometimes hard and hurtful. We are imperfect people and we often can’t avoid hurting or disappointing those whom we love. So face the fact, people will have the power to hurt you, it’s part of being human; but make sure they earn that power with love and not steal it with lies.
The Apostle Paul teaches us with these familiar words … “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1
Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)
The truth about love is that, even though it’s hard, it’s worth it when you love the right people. God will always return your love investment, so continue to sow those seeds. Trust in its power and never lose sight of the fact that love never fails.
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