By Antwone O’Quinn

The most beloved people are the most loving people. However, love requires a cost that we may or may not always choose to pay. Love demands self-denial and endures many forms of hurts and wrongs. The motivation to love should stem from our desire to be a pleasing aroma to God aimed at what we can give not what we can receive.  You may wonder how I can love the unlovable or those who have wronged me. Jesus said to love our enemies, therefore, love is not a feeling but a choice. We must simply choose to surrender to God’s command.  When you choose love, by the nature of your choice, you simultaneously choose to forgive. Love is the most excellent way! In many cases you may notice loving feelings accompany the obedient act. The more you love the greater the capacity to give love will increase because you are removing barriers such as feeling unworthy of being loved.

1 Cor 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

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