“That you may love the Lord your God, listen to his
voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give
you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob” (Deuteronomy 30:20 NIV).
Today we’ve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that
it’s something that just happens to us. In fact, even the language we
use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, “I fell in
love,” as if love is some kind of a ditch. It’s like I’m walking along
one day and — bam! — I fell in love. I couldn’t help myself.
But I have to tell you the truth: That’s not love. Love doesn’t just
happen to you. Love is a choice, and it represents a commitment.
You must choose to love God. He won’t force you to love him
(Deuteronomy 30:20). You can thumb your nose at God and go a totally
different way. You can destroy your life if you choose to do that. God
still won’t force you to love him because he knows love can’t be forced.
This same principle is true about your relationships: You can choose to love others, but God won’t force you to love anyone.
Even when you do choose to love someone, it doesn’t mean everything
will become perfect. It doesn’t even mean that person will accept your
love. But you are the only person who can stop you from loving someone else — because love is a choice you make.
From Rick Warren Devetional