“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable…. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love” (Neil Gaiman). To avoid hating love, “do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires” (Song of Songs 2:7; 3:5; 8:4; NIV). Instead, first commit your heart to the One Who is “the Chiefest among ten thousand… Altogether lovely…my Beloved…my Friend” (5:10, 16; KJV). You can either hate love or love love. Love love by choosing Love. God is love (1 John 4:8, 16).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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