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Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV
God is love and also models love for us.
The love of God, our spouse, and our children are the most important priorities we can have. Our families can sometimes undergo some strain, especially in difficult and stressful times such as the pandemic.
When we are tempted to say something rude or speak before we think, we can pause and ask ourselves what Jesus would say if He were in our shoes. He went through everything that we go through, and then some, but He didn’t sin. He endured till the end. He gives us strength to get through whatever we are going through.
God loves us beyond compare. Amen.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” – 1 Peter 3:14 NIV
When we have integrity, we normally attract people around us who have similar values. When our loved ones make sacrifices because they uphold the law, it may seem difficult at first if consequences occur that we don’t expect.
We don’t fit in with those who don’t respect the law because we love God and want to follow His commandments the best we can.
Sometimes God will remove us or our loved ones from situations where we don’t fit. To us it may seem like a closed door, but God sees the big picture. We don’t have to be afraid. We can always trust that the Lord will lead us along the right path. Amen.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13
It sometimes requires longsuffering to refrain from judgment instead of exercising mercy and love. When Jesus asked us to love our neighbors as ourselves, He also asked us to refrain from judging others harshly.
What would it be like if we could wish kindness and ease for all people? We don’t like to be in pain or to suffer. We wouldn’t wish pain and suffering on others, even when they push our buttons. It’s important to step back and see others the way God sees them. He loves them. He gives them second chances. It requires patience, but we can do it. We can forgive.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things; hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Cor. 13:4-7
It seems that we suffer a long time the more we are kind and try to accommodate others. Love requires sacrifice and the greatest sacrifice is to lay down one’s life for others. Jesus did that for us. He suffered a long time. He was more than patient.
He even at some point asked his Father to take “this cup from me,” (Luke 22:42) yet He submitted to His Father’s will anyway. It could not have been easy, but Jesus loves us so much that He died for us. We should be grateful.