Love Is…

Love is…

  • Learning to love a TV show because it’s your spouse’s favorite.
  • Listening to kids songs on repeat on a long road trip.
  • Saying sorry.
  • Sitting through little league baseball games.
  • A phone call just because.
  • Listening to someone who is hurting…again.
  • Having a difficult conversation because you care too much to allow the person to continue harming themselves in this way.
  • Awkward silences.
  • Refusing to push emotional buttons that will cause harm.
  • Dealing with a sick husband.
  • Compromising what you want for what the relationship needs.
  • Making the first move after a fight.
  • Accepting a person for the things they cannot change about themselves.
  • Finding excitement from the dollar store birthday presents your toddler picked out for you.
  • Digging deeper when they are trying to push you away.
  • Sacrifice.
  • You before me.
  • Being able to be yourself.
  • Listening to the same old story for the 100th time.
  • Giving space when it’s needed.
  • Communicating what you need instead of expecting someone to read your mind.
  • Bearing with someone who is not as good at doing what you do.
  • Hard.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

We love the idea of love but very few are willing to do what it takes to experience love. If you only love people who are nice to you, easy to be around, and aren’t willing to sacrifice you aren’t willing to love.

While we are at our worst Jesus loves us.

If it doesn’t cost you something it isn’t love.

It may be an emotion. It may make you happy. But love is not an emotion. Love is a choice. Through thick or thin. Love isn’t always flashy or exciting. But to be loved is the greatest experience in the world.

Who do you love? Who do you need to love better? Who is the most difficult for you to love? How does thinking about God’s love for us challenge the way we love others?

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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.


  1. Michele
    September 8, 2016

    In all seriousness, I need to love my dogs better. We just got them back from a month of training, and it’s a challenge. But I was just last night saying to Jeff that if God can put up with all of our (that referring to the billions of people who were created in his image over the centuries) mistakes and missteps and poor choices and keep loving us, that the least the 2 of us can do is be patient and keep loving our 2 hard-headed rescues.

  2. Karen
    September 8, 2016

    Great blog! Definitely gives me something to think about. Right now I can’t think of anyone I don’t love but my heart may be deceptive more than I know and I just like them. Something to pray about for sure.

  3. Kelly
    September 8, 2016

    I love my family even though I don’t always like them. That sort of answers both questions. I surely could love them better.


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