By Layton Dutton Associate Pastor of Youth Calvary Baptist Church Evart As a parent it\u2019s your job to provide for your child and to protect them. The ways you are to do this change as they get older, but the idea is still the same. Let\u2019s say your child goes outside to play. You go out and they aren\u2019t in the back yard. You look around and find them playing in the middle of the road. They haven\u2019t a care in the world as they roll their toy truck along the pavement, just like the big ones. You would hurriedly race out to the road, grab up your son and run back into the yard. You then say, with your heart racing and voice in a bit of a tremor, \u201cWhy would you play in the road?\u201d Your son answers, \u201cBecause I love it.\u201d How would you then respond? Would you say, \u201cOk, since you love it. Go ahead and play in the road.\u201d? Most definitely not! You may say something like, \u201cWell the road is dangerous. You have toys here in the backyard. You need to learn to love playing back here.\u201d \u201cLearn to love\u201d? Can we do that? Can we learn to love something? If you ever changed your diet, you may have learned to love some healthier food options. People who drink coffee must have also learned to love that. We can learn to love. We can choose to love. In fact, love is a choice. Husbands are told, \u201c\u2026love your wives\u2026\u201d (Ephesians 5:25). Christ-followers are told, \u201cLove one another\u2026\u201d (John 13:34-35). And we are also told, \u201c\u2026love your enemies\u2026\u201d (Matthew 5:44). There are times your wife may get on your nerves. There may be other Christians that rub you the wrong way. There may be people who just plain don\u2019t like you and would want to harm you. What does Christ say? Love them. It\u2019s a choice. A husband chooses to love his wife. A Christian chooses to love other Christians. And a Christ-follower chooses to love his enemies. We choose whom we love. Are you choosing to love your wife, your brother in Christ and your enemy or are you choosing to ignore them? Love is, first of all, a choice.