THE CHOICE TO LOVE

DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR

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The Choice to Love “And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:14 There’s nothing like love. It’s a powerful force that changes us. Both young and old, caught up in its tide, are rendered unable to think clearly, or even think much at all. There may be some truth to the saying:
 “No one falls in love by choice, it is by chance;
no one stays in love by chance, it is by work;
and no one falls out of love by chance, it is by choice.” Millions of us yearn for love. We seek it out with a profound desperation. But so few of us realize that there will be choices demanded of us, over and over again, day after day, to make true love work. Because the real work of love is hard. It’s not simply a moment of considerable effort, or a simple choice made when everything feels perfect, no; it’s s hard-won and glorious labor, accomplished over countless years. Perhaps that’s why Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT). He knew that making the choice to love is the harder path, not the wide and easy one. The choice of love is to do right, and do good, and to seek the good in people every day, rather than focusing on the things that annoy us. And, who among us doesn’t have our own catalogue of flaws and quirks that can be so very irritating? God, have mercy on us all!
 So, the only choice is this: to rely on God, every moment, for the strength, and the clarity of will, and the understanding to choose love. And this is the kind of love that’s described in I Corinthians 13:
 “[A] Love that does not envy or boast;
… is not arrogant. . . . is not irritable or resentful;
… does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth,”

Truly, that kind of love requires the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Author Elisabeth Elliot confessed the same using these words; “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
 When I give God an open door to work in my life, it means that there will be less of me, and more of Him. More of Him means I have a greater capacity to choose love. So, the question is this: am I choosing to daily surrender my will to Christ, or do I need it to be more about me?



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