The Bible Says Love Is a Choiceby Rick Warren“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)Today we’ve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it’s something that just happens to us. 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.
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.
This same principle is true about your relationships: You can choose to love others, but God won’t force you to love anyone.
You are the only person who can stop you from loving someone else — because love is a choice you make.
I feel like this can be applied for how we treat others in general. We have a choice to show God to them, through the love we show them, through the Grace we display. God calls us to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth...set apart. different. I've often prayed for God to show me what breaks his heart; to break my heart for what breaks His. And for those of you that know me, can understand why I hesitate to pray this... as I'm already consumed with compassion and can cry at any given time due to being moved by something that touches my heart. But I feel that if we are to truly be God's hands and feet here in this world, we must open our hearts and CHOOSE to feel, CHOOSE to give the cash in your pocket to the person on the corner, CHOOSE to show Christ to others.