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The Choice of Love - Part Two

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The Choice of Love, Part Two A Sacrificial Mindset


1Corinthians 13: 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.


Life is about choices. We can look back over our lives with regret or rejoicing at the decisions we make; usually it is a mixture of both. Of all the facets of being inescapably human, romantic love remains one of the most confusing and daunting we will face. That is because it is one area that we still tend to listen more to worldly philosophy than Godly wisdom. We are inclined to Oprah-ize love or wonder what Dr. Phil says, instead of what God says. The reason we seem to get it wrong so often is that we treat love as strictly an emotion, a product of our soul. But love is also a product of our spirit even though we give it more emotional power than it rightly deserves. In fact, one just needs to look at the way we speak about love, to see the emotional control that we give it. We do not say that we have love or even feel love. No; we "fall into" love; as if it some sort of bear trap clasping around our ankles not letting us go. Love is not quicksand beloved. As with everything, God explains for us in the bible, exactly what love is supposed to be. Remember that it is the design of God that we are not to be alone. In just the second chapter of the bible, God declares this fact:


The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18


Here is Paul continuing in verse five to outline what Godly love is not supposed to be. The opposite of rude is to be considerate, placing the other person above yourself. This is closely related to the following two admonishments, which is that love cannot be self-seeking or easily angered. True love is always sacrificial at heart. In any true Godly relationship, God is always first, followed by the other person. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul outlines this approach using Christ as the ultimate example:


If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2: 1-4


That certainly grates against the flesh! The world encourages a me-centric mindset. Independence is revered and reliance is considered weak. Men especially are indoctrinated to never show signs of weakness but following the word of God reveals why weakness is His plan. In Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth, we see this principle explained:


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2Corinthians 12: 9


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