I did not enjoy the sound of my alarm at 4:00 am Wednesday morning. A couple of other factors made waking up even harder. I caught a cold a few days before and had sinus congestion. I somehow sprained my neck at the gym and it was still sore.
I did get up, despite not feeling I was at 100% strength. Why? Love is the reason.
No, I didn’t have an early morning breakfast date with a beautiful woman. I did give my word that I would meet a friend and leave with him at 5:00 am. I had a TLW seminar scheduled for a group of about 70 students from One Body in Christ Ministries. I rode with them to the Subic Bay area in Bataan. Love for God and love for those students compelled me to keep my word.
My physical discomfort was not really such a big deal. The experience, however, did remind me of an important truth: love is not just a feeling.
When we talk or sing about love, we usually start telling people how we feel (or how that “special someone” makes us feel). Some even do immoral things (like pre-marital sex or having an extra-marital affair) and say “I was in love, I couldn’t help myself.”
Of course love affects our emotions, but true love is much more than just the way we feel. In fact, true love will cause us to do things we don’t feel like doing. True love will cause us to do the right thing, even when it is not easy (1st Corinthians 13:6)
We are now in a season (holy week) in which we ponder the suffering of Jesus. Consider His prayer the nigh before He was crucified:
Why would Jesus pray for the “cup of suffering” to be removed? He was a sane human being. Just like the rest of us, He had a natural desire for comfort and self-preservation. No sane, healthy person wants his/her life to end—especially not by crucifixion.
Despite His normal desire to live, Jesus willingly surrendered Himself to death on a cross. Why? He did this because of His love for the Heavenly Father and His love for us. We can develop a more mature understanding of love by remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
This is one of the many articles that you’ll find in my book: Basta Lovelife: Making Wise Relationship Decisions.
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