So you think you’re in love? Well let me tell you something, kid.
Love is not a feeling.
Love is not a kiss.
Love is not romance.
Love is not candlelight.
Love is not butterflies.
Love is not sex.
Love is not like.
Love, true love, is a decision. A decision that remains when feelings fade. A decision that remains when looks fade. A decision regardless of cost. A decision regardless of health. A decision regardless of what the years bring or take away.
It’s devotion, not emotion.
The Bible says husbands are to love their wives the way Christ loves the church. Every day for the past fifty-three years I have woken up to the love of God. So every day for the past fifty-three years, my wife has woken up to my love. I’ll stop loving her when God stops loving me.
Be prepared, son. To love is to choose the possibility of suffering over safety. Because by loving someone, you give them the ability to hurt you.
- Love suffers long. (1 Cor. 13:4)
- Love bears all things. (1 Cor. 13:7)
- Love endures all things. (1 Cor. 13:7)
Sound like a joy ride to you? I don’t think so. Sounds like pain.
So please. Spare me. You’re not in love. You’re in like.
You haven’t truly loved yet, because it hasn’t cost you anything.
Come talk to me when you’ve been married fifty years. Come talk to me after love has brought you pain. Come talk to me after it has cost you something.
True love hurts.
Just ask my best friend.
He has the scars in His hands and feet to prove it.