Commitment (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 147)
Ruth 1:16 (NLT)
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
The media, the world, and even the church sends mixed messages about what true love is. Many times, it is described as an emotion, something that we must feel deep down. If we don’t feel it, then it must not be real. But true love is not really an emotion at all. In fact, you don’t have to feel anything necessarily to show love.
Surely, Ruth wanted a better life for herself. She probably felt like she deserved more than what had come her way. But instead of acting on her feelings, she acted on truth. She showed love to Naomi by her commitment to stay by her side. Real love is founded upon commitment. Where there is no commitment, love cannot said to be true or consistent.
If you feel your way into a relationship or career move or anything else, you will soon drop out when things begin to go downhill. But if you commit first, the good emotions will follow. True love is about commitment. Commit yourself to the job, to the person, to the relationship, to the school, to the family, to the community. God values commitment. A love that follows commitment will be steadfast, sure, and solid.
“Love is commitment; love is a relationship that never gives up.”
— Jerry Falwell