4. It Takes More Than Love
Often I hear that relationships take more than love. This can only be true when we have an incorrect definition of love. If we see it as a feeling, then that makes sense. Relationships do take more than romantic feelings.
When we operate in godly love, though, we have more than just feelings toward those who are special to us. We serve and honor them even when we don’t feel like it. We continue supporting, providing for, and being present for them even during those times we’d rather not.
When this goes both ways in a relationship, love really is all it takes. “If you love me, you will obey what I command,” Jesus said in John 14:15. See, real love compels us to pursue the heart of God. Real love doesn’t require us to do things God told us not to do, and it motivates us to do the things He did tell us to do.
Selfless and sacrificial at times, it’s not always easy on the eyes. God’s greatest expression of love for us looked like a broken body on a cross.
Love is all it takes when we define it according to 1 Corinthians 13. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. Love never fails.”
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