By Pastor Robert Jewett
Take a moment and consider the topic of love. What thoughts or memories stir in your mind? Many of our “experiences” with love have to do with emotions. We even use the saying, “in love,” when we describe an emotion we feel towards an individual. When this emotion fades, one might say that they “fell out of love.” So what is love? Is it something that exists one day and then fades another day? Is it dependent on emotions?
The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8). Since God is love, we can learn the truth about love by looking at His example. Rather than love being based on emotion, God demonstrates love based upon a choice: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8). There is no emotional high in demonstrating sacrificial love to undeserving people. As a matter of fact, it is absolutely sacrificial to demonstrate true love.
True love always has a cost. True love demands that we lay down our pride… our rights. True love requires forgiving others just as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13). True love necessitates esteeming others higher than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4). True love is not an emotional reaction… it is a choice. It is a choice to obey God and fulfill His law of love: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Rom. 13:8-10).
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.