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Author Topic: Love is a Choice--Purpose Driven Life Devotional  (Read 5850 times)

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« on: November 25, 2008, 04:39:01 AM »

Love Is a Choice
by Rick Warren

Ö That you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:20 (NIV)

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Love is a choice and a commitment. You choose to love or you choose not to love.

Today weíve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that itís something that just happens to us; itís not something we control. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, ďI fell in love,Ē as if love is some kind of a ditch. Itís like Iím walking along one day and bam! Ė I fell in love. I couldnít help myself.

But I have to tell you the truth Ė thatís not love. Love doesnít just happen to you. Love is a choice and it represents a commitment.

Thereís 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 wonít 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 wonít force you to love him. Because he knows love canít be forced.

And this same principle is true about your relationships: you can choose to love others, but God wonít force you to love anyone.

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