Valentine’s Day – Love
In place of the would-be-winner’s blog entry
Love is one of those poorly defined words that we love to throw around. We call it a feeling. We say it is an action. Some confuse it with attraction, and others affection. Love has been and will be so many different things to so many.
So by now you’re thinking, “why don’t you just tell us what you say it is then?” Fair enough. I will.
Love is a choice.
Seriously? Yes. Seriously. Even people who have never read a Bible in their lives have probably heard part of 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind…” These are action words! Actions are done by choice.
When you boil it all down, all of those other things (affection, attraction, emotion) help us make that choice. For example, I love my wife. Why? The reasons are too numerous (and some just too cheesy) to list here, but one of the biggest reasons is the affection we share for each other. That affection sparked the beginning of my choice to love her, and I show her love through it.
But affection is an emotion that comes and goes. I believe that love is more clear during the times when affection is all but gone, but the choice is still made. The actions still speak love. Hypocrisy you say? Commitment I say.
Now consider our love for victims of exploitation. Are we committed, or do we love based on our emotions at the moment? The choice is ours.
Let’s make it based on compassion.
Let’s make it in spite of our apathy.