There are two verses I’d like to start with this morning that show what the nature of love does. Proverbs 10:12; Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 17:9 ERV; Forgive someone, and you will strengthen your friendship. Keep reminding them, and you will destroy it.
Walt has always said, “Love is a choice! I choose to love you!” When he would say that to me, I’d feel like I was hard to love (and I’m sure at times I am), but he was making the choice to love when his nature didn’t feel like it. He chose to love when his flesh maybe wanted to hate or be frustrated. He was saying that you can never rely on your fickle feelings when it comes to loving others.
God loves like that. When He looks at us, He sees us through Jesus. When we are at our worst, He loves us. When we feel ugly, He loves us. He sees His creation. His children. He loves us. The ultimate choice is to love, because love covers up every wrong done. It doesn’t hold them in a bag for the next time you screw up and then pull them out and show them to everyone. No, it gets rid of them, covers them up so that they’re never seen again.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean we won’t remember. We’re human. But when we do, we chose to forgive, to love unconditionally, to give 100 more chances, to remind them of their Fathers love. That’s what the world can’t understand. God’s love. That’s why He put us here, so that we could show others that deep, constant love. It should be the very foundation of everything we do, every decision we make.
There’s freedom in love. It’s not based on feelings, it’s based on a choice, which goes against reasoning’s. It doesn’t make sense, it just keeps on loving.
Father, you chose to love us while we were still wallowing in sin. Since there was only one sacrifice that could buy us back, you gave your son so that you could once again show us your love. Each time I come before you, I sense that deep abiding love and I’m thankful. Help me to take the blanket of your love and cover others with it so that they too can know your love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.