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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Loving a Person ~ Sara Groves

Today I was able to pray through this video to Sara Grove's "Loving a Person." My husband & I participated in church-wide prayer, and I just happened to put mine to music! Chad got some great "messages" about marriage too, so we have been challenged once again to continue to connect and seek God's righteousness. I hope this video showcases how the smiles of joy, the quiet times of reflection in God's presence are what life's all about! Blessings,

Love Is a Choice, from Rick Warren's online devotional

Today we've bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it's something that just happens to us; it's not something we control. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, "I fell in love," as if love is some kind of a ditch. It's like I'm walking along one day and bam! - I fell in love. I couldn't help myself.

But I have to tell you the truth - that's not love. Love doesn't just happen to you. Love is a choice and it represents a commitment.

There's no doubt about it, attraction is uncontrollable and arousal is uncontrollable. But attraction and arousal are not love. They can lead to love, but they are not love. Love is a choice. You must choose to love God; he won't force you to love him (Deuteronomy 30:20). You can thumb your nose at God and go a totally different way. You can destroy your life if you choose to do that. God still won't force you to love him. Because he knows love can't be forced. And this same principle is true about your relationships: you can choose to love others, but God won't force you to love anyone.

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