Vintage message from September 10, 1989, recorded at Calvary Chapel of Mira Mesa, San Diego, California.
“Love is not just a term, it’s not just something we say, it’s not an emotion we have. It’s a commitment we make to one another. If you’re going to say you love someone, think about this the next time before you say you love someone. Am I committed to this person to be patient and kind to that person? How about not boasting of myself?…If we’re loving someone, we don’t have to boast. We don’t have to be proud of ourselves because, in the loving, we realize that we love because God is in us, and as long as God is in us, what need do we really have of anybody else’s love or acceptance back to us? I don’t see this as Paul is saying this is a two-way street: I’ll love you if you’ll love me…Love isn’t something that falls on you or you wander into. It’s not a natural part of your life — not this love. The flesh is a natural part of your life, and we’ll live in our flesh all too often. But this love comes from making a commitment. A commitment to Jesus. A daily commitment to Jesus. And then a commitment to each other.”