[Lean not on your own understanding]
Feelings are the sparks that start it all: love’s beginnings. However, the fire must be stoked to always burn brightly. Instead, we let the fire die, stomp upon its ashes, and rekindle loves flames elsewhere with a new flame. That’s not love learned. That’s just a stray spark.
Whether it’s loving your spouse, family, thy neighbor, or even God, left unattended, stray sparks can and do fly. Unchecked, our focus can become something far different from the love that God intends to teach us. Instead, we regress to a former state, where love was a fickle, temperamental thing that valued itself and its own good, above others.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” –Philippians 2:3
We’re all still learning, and none of us has perfect marks. However, if our love has waned, God counsels and warns us to remember the love that we had in the beginning; to consider how far we have fallen, repent, and to do the things we did at first (Revelations 2:4-5) If we aren’t submitting all our ways to Him, those sparks will inevitably fly.
“Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey God, not human authority! You killed Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But God, the God of our ancestors, raised Jesus up from the dead! Jesus is the One whom God raised to be on his right side, as Leader and Savior. Through him, all people could change their hearts and lives and have their sins forgiven. We saw all these things happen. The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who obey him, also proves these things are true.” —Acts 5:29-32 New Century Version (NCV)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”