Whenever a new love enter our lives, we tend to view everything about that person through a rose colored lens. In our eyes, they can do no wrong and seem to be nothing short of perfect. Of course, we all know in the back of our minds that no one is truly without flaw, but we just can’t seem to find anything about them to complain about. We’ve fallen in love and everything about being with that person just seems so easy.
We are overwhelmed with the feeling of love.
At some point during the relationship, though, a switch flips and we begin to see that person in a new light. Through this illumination we notice things about our significant other we didn’t realize before. We suddenly recognize their flaws. They aren’t quite the person we thought they were in the beginning of the relationship.
After the butterflies have stopped fluttering and we see that this new relationship isn’t really the fairytale we thought it was, we are left with an important decision. We must choose to keep loving if we truly want the relationship to work.
On the other hand, maybe the relationship is a storybook romance, even years into the marriage. Then without warning, a hardship occurs that rocks the core of the relationship. Just like the previous scenario, we come to the realization that love is much more than a feeling — it is a decision we all must make.
Love is a choice.
Isn't it amazing then that God chooses to love us? He sees all of our imperfections. He knows the inner-most feelings we hide away in our hearts that no one else, perhaps, will ever know. He knows our darkest thoughts and our deepest secrets. Yet, He loves us anyway.
Even though God knew the breadth of our sin, he still chose the ultimate act of love to redeem us. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 3:16 more famously declares that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
In today’s world, many people run the other way when faced with the reality of love being a choice. The decision to leave someone can certainly be justified, but with half of today’s marriages ending in divorce, we know there are many that aren’t.
With all our sin and bad choices, though, God still chooses to love us. Even as people make conscious decisions everyday to turn their backs on Him, He keeps on loving unconditionally. He still welcomes us back with open arms.
We can all rest knowing that the One who created the heavens and the earth will never stop loving us. God is love and there is nothing we can do to change that. If our relationship with Him ever wains it will be our choice, because He will never forsake us.