Now that you’ve read that title, I need you to be honest with me. Did you just have a flashback of Chris Kattan & Will Ferrell dancing? My teenage years took place in the 90’s, and now everytime I think of that question I see those guys and hear Haddaway playing in my mind.
Setting that flashback aside, what is Love? I feel that, for far too long, our eroding culture has tried to tell is what love is. And yet, time and time again, they get it wrong. It’s wrong, because we keep hearing that love is a feeling. But is love really a feeling? I honestly don’t believe so.
… the Bible shows us that love is a choice…
Think about this for a moment. How many times have you heard people say they fell in (or out of) love. Like love is some puddle in your path that was unavoidable. Or how many times have you heard, “I can’t help who I love.” Do people actually believe love is a fleeting emotion that controls them? Do people really believe they have no choice when it comes to love? I guess if people refuse to open God’s Word, they will pretty much believe anything. I know I did before I read God’s Word. But now I believe the Bible shows us that love is a choice, not a feeling.
Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and will all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” – Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
Do you see how the Bible has a much different definition of love than our culture does? The Bible appears to rejects the notion that we can’t control who we love. Jesus said that love is a commandment. So, let me ask this question: why would He command us to do something we have no control over? That’s right; He wouldn’t. And He didn’t, because we do have control over who we love. Just as God has control over who He loves.
And you want to know something amazing about God’s choice to love us? He chose to love us regardless of how we treat Him. He chose to love us regardless of what it cost Him. And He chose us regardless of our love for Him. God choice to love us ought to be our example of what true love is. True love is unconditional. True love is sacrificial. And true love is a choice.