Choosing

Written by cycleguy on May 4th, 2017

Choosing to love. Three easy words to say. Three tough words to do.

Simple truth: choosing to love is tough to do. Let’s face it. Loving one another is not always easy. Granted, there are people who are easy to love. Tommy James once sang a song with the words “You’re so easy to love” and some people are.

Oh…but then there are those who just take about every last ounce of civility in you. 🙂 They are so hard to love, so hard to care about, so hard to find a sympathetic bone for.

But love is a choice we make. No matter what some people say no man is an island. The words to the old song are simply not true: “I am a rock, I am an island…and a rock feels no pain and island never cries.”  As we used to say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Try as we may…give off the air we want…we all need someone else.

The ironic thing is choosing to love takes a toll because it requires something from us. My sermon this Sunday is about choosing to love.  With the lead-in of “I choose to love…” I want to show two ways that choosing to love is beneficial:

Because love reveals God’s character

Because love reveals to Whom I belong

Join me Sunday  if you live around here. If not, the sermon is on podcast on the church’s website. If you can do neither, how about praying for me and the church this weekend. That may be best of all. Thanks.

 

12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jeff says:

    The God I read about in the jewish bible seems to be a vindictive, jealous, punishing, and cruel sort of character. When did that change. I like the jewish God because there are some people I don’t like, some I do, some I hate and some I love. This seems more like a natural healthy human feeling than loving everyone.

  2. Betty Draper says:

    Love is costly even if you are loved back.

  3. Dan Black says:

    God is teaching me to care about and love those I don’t like or my enemies. It’s a daily choice I (we) need to make, to love others.

  4. I’ll be sure to pray, Bill, and listen to the podcast if you can share the link at some point.
    Surgery for Danny went well today, praise God, but he has LOTS of healing to do. Please keep praying, my friend!
    Blessings!

  5. cycleguy says:

    Bill,
    Safe travels! Enjoy you time with family. If the weather is good on the way over, open the windows and let the wind blow through your hair….errr…Jo’s hair. Lol!

    From David, a man who thinks he is funny.

    • cycleguy says:

      Like I said…A man who thinks he is funny. We did have a great time. Unfortunately, it was raining too much to test the wind blowing through the hair suggestion. 🙂

  6. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! What a great thing to talk about, and very timely for me too. I just got back from visiting my daughter and helping out with the new baby, and the three grandchildren. She now has four kids, ages 5 and under. Choose to love…yes. That’s a hard thing to do in the middle of chaos sometimes!
    I know your talk went great.
    God bless,
    Ceil

  7. TC Avey says:

    Loving like Christ loves us will cost us something. Love is sacrifice. Some sacrifices are easy to make and others are not.
    You’re right, it’s a choice we have. Sometimes we fail to love as we should. I’m so thankful God never stops loving us.

  8. Lisa notes says:

    Choosing to love is the best daily decision we can mak. Thankfully it’s easy to choose to love my husband because of the way he loves me. But if he didn’t? I’d still need to make that choice. Thanks for this encouragement, Bill. I’m sure your sermon went great!

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