The question is, how long are you willing to love? Because you see Gods love, his agape love that he wants to form in us as we abide in him, and his word abides in us, is a long love that just keeps on loving, and keeps on loving, and keeps on loving. It's a wide love, it's a long love but the Bible says it also is a high love.
In Isaiah 55:9 it says this, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts your thoughts.
Truth is today is that there are a lot of people that when they hear love they think romantic love. They think love that is based on how they feel or their emotions and that is a low love.
A low love that says I love you when I feel like loving you. About once a quarter I do a marriage enrichment thing that we do here at the church to help people as they're preparing for marriage and we let folks who've been married for a while come as well. One of the questions I like to ask when we start talking about the Biblical love is I like to ask, what would happen if you only went to your job when you felt like it? And that's not a trick question that's a pretty easy answer in that if you only went to work if you felt like it, if you only went to school if you felt like it, you'd lose your job and yet people are shocked when they lose their marriages, they lose their relationship when they only love when they feel like it.
Friends, that's a low love God's is a high love and it's wonderful when emotion is there but the high love loves when the emotion is not there. A low love is an if love. I love you if you please me, I love you if you're good to me, I love you if you do what I want you to do, when I want you to do it, I love you if you initiate love.
Some of you may even be sitting there right now and you're thinking of someone you need to love and you say well you know if they reach out to me I'll respond well but they got to start it or some of you say, I'm gonna love them and I'll continue to love them if they respond to my love.