Daily Reflections

Choose to Love

September 21, 2021 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Pursue love. —1 Corinthians 14:1

The love described in 1 Corinthians 13 is one that we should all aspire to. Yet how can we really live that way?

Until the love of God fills our hearts, we have no real source or spring of love. Then, once we’ve repented of our unloving ways, we need to go to the Source of genuine love and ask God to fill us with His love. That’s not a feeling. It takes place by faith.

There might be someone in your life that you think you just can’t love. God would not have commanded you to love that person, however, if He was not intending to enable you to love them.

As we pursue love, we must choose to love by faith. C. S. Lewis wrote, “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did.As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”4

4 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Harper Collins, 2001) 131.

Make it Personal

What are some practical ways you can choose to love that hard-to-love person in your life?