Love: Let It Be A Choice Not By Force

 

Love is powerful. Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is the attribute of God because God is love. It is a sign that you have the spirit of God living in you

1 John 3:14 Amplified: 14 We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death.  

God gives us a choice. He doesn’t force Himself on anyone.

Deuteronomy 30:19 New King James Version says 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

When you choose love even when it hurts,  you are choosing life. Unforgiveness and bitterness can consume you. It can cause sickness and disease. Break down the word disease and you have dis-ease, which means you are not at ease.

In the Webster’s dictionary one of the meanings of ease is free from pain.  When you put it together, disease means  without freedom of pain.  No one wants pain and everyone needs to be free. There is nothing like a life free from pain. We free ourselves from pain by walking in love.

God draws us to Him through love.

Jeremiah 31:3  says Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.

We should be examining ourselves everyday to see if we are walking in love. Ask God to make you aware when you are not walking in love.  Love is a challenge but when you choose love over and over again, it becomes easy to love.

What is true love?  Ask yourself if you are truly walking in love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Amplified Version: Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong enduredIt does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Reading that passage in the bible makes you search yourself. We have all stepped out of love. I thank God for Jesus and the Holy Spirit living on the inside of those who has accepted salvation. The Holy Spirit will alert you when you are out of line. We have a merciful God that when we repent, he doesn’t remember the wrong we have done. Praise God!

I like the message version where it says love doesn’t force themselves on others.

We can’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to do. The only thing we can do is be the example, encourage and pray for one another.

True example of love is the parable about the prodigal son found in Luke 15 starting at verse 11. 

The father had two sons. The father let the youngest son go with an inheritance; he also gave the eldest son his inheritance. The youngest son wasted all his money on living a wild and uncontrolled life. It got so bad until he was down to nothing and begging for food where the hogs eat.Thank God at his lowest moment he came to his senses, repented, and was ready to accept the consequences of his actions. However, when he was coming down the road, his father spotted his youngest son from afar off and was moved with compassion. He welcomed him with open arms, he hugged, and kissed him. He told his dad he was not worthy to be called his son and was willing to work as a hired servant. Instead of reminding his younger son of what he had done wrong he gave him a robe, a ring,  shoes, and threw a party for him to celebrate. His elder brother was not happy when he heard the music and dancing. He refused to come in. He was angry.  He reminded his father that his younger brother spent his money on prostitutes and was not happy he was throwing a party for him. He told his father I stayed and served while his younger brother was gone living a wild life. His father told his elder son “everything that I have belongs to you.” The father was rejoicing because his younger son that was lost was now found. He was dead in a sense of his lifestyle, but he is now alive.

That is how God’s love is for us. Even though we sin and don’t deserve his love, he welcomes us with open arms when we come to Him. God’s love is unconditional.

A lot of us have been guilty of behaving like the elder son. You ask God why is he/she getting blessed when you served  God all this time doing the best  you could staying out of trouble and it seems you have been overlooked. We as humans can look at things from the outside. Man looks on the outside, but God looks at a person’s heart.  The post from June 3, 2018 (you can refer back to it) it is titled “Release the grudge, God is the judge” expands on this. Look at yourself and ask are you serving God with the right intentions.

God gave me this phrase early one morning while I was getting dressed. God was dealing with me on forgiveness. Only God knows what goes on in a person’s heart. The only thing we can do is forgive a person, pray, and move on for our own well-being. It doesn’t mean we have to hang out with the person, it means we let it go so that we won’t stay stuck and so we can heal.

Let’s choose love today. We draw people through love and the life we live. Actions speaks louder than words. We as people of God lifestyle should lead people to God. We don’t need to force our beliefs on anyone, just live the life. It is the goodness of God that leads a person to repentance.

Love: let it be a choice, not by force!

 

 

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