Love is a CHOICE. Even though loving one another is a commandment, it is still a conscious choice we must make because there are many times when we don’t “feel” like loving.
When you fall in love with someone, there are butterflies in your stomach and you live in la la land for awhile. Then you get married and reality sneaks up on you, and you find yourself being caught off guard. The honeymoon will end, no doubt, but your love and commitment to each doesn’t have to.
When I think about what makes a marriage last 40, 50 and even 60 years it all comes down to a choice that was made. Now I do know this for a fact, that it’s not always a bed of roses. There are tough and rough turns in marriage. However strong marriages are a testament of love and commitment to each other and the choice that couples make to love one another.
Even if you are troubled in your marriage or your partner is not responding as you would like, we must still make the choice first in ourselves. Do not let your heart become hardened. Ask God for the strength for you to choose to “love” today. I am always reminded of the scripture that says “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]”. 1 Pet. 4:8