- 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.
- 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.
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?