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Valentine’s Day – Love

February 15, 2010

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2010 3:55 am

    Awesome post Mike! I’ve only got till March 4’th till I can enter in again, I’ll spread the word if you choose to do more contests. Keep up the good work!

  2. February 16, 2010 10:36 pm

    Thanks Dan :-). We’re running a super simple contest right now. In order to win people just have to post on the GRC Facebook page what coffee or tea they want to win. Sunday we draw two names and send them what they asked for.

    I’m looking forward to running some more blog contests though, I enjoy reading the entries more.

  3. Diana permalink
    February 25, 2010 12:38 am

    Wait arent you related to the owner ? Ha very good blog on the subject of love . your right! love is a choice. even in a general way … family and friends as well . 🙂 one more thought on this subject . God commands us to love others who are sick, weak, and who are poor . When we help those who are in need . We show our love and show the love of God in us. In so doing that we make a choice to show love to them because we love God. Love is kind and shows the love of God .

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