For better, for worse

Love says “I will always seek the other’s highest good.”  Love isn’t a feeling.  Love is a self-less, time-less choice.  We can choose to love anyone, anytime, if we want to, “For better, For worse…”

My grandfather was decorated in the 1st World War.  He didn’t feel like crawling on his belly in the mud under machine-gun fire to rescue his mate but he chose to do it out of mateship & honour.  Feeling love has no honour in it.  It’s totally self-centred.  We can’t love forever just by feeling love.  We must choose to love to make it last.  We must prepare to love the unlovable & to forgive the unforgivable, as Jesus does for us.  We must prepare to extend to others the same grace He extends to us.  This may be the hardest thing in the world for you to do – but it’s usually possible & it’s usually worth the effort!

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1st Corinthians 13)

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