Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT)
is patient and kind. Love is not jealous
or boastful or proud or rude. It does
not demand its own way. It is not
irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Remember while reading further into this
familiar scripture that Paul is not describing romantic love, rather love for
all of God’s children. Yup. Everyone. Remember also, that we are imperfect humans
who are prone to fall short of this ideal.
We can only recognize our errors, humbly ask for forgiveness and start
fresh with God’s help. Notice how many
of these love descriptors match the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us
to fully love.
With all this in mind, read the
scripture again, slowly. Which ‘Love is…’
flashes neon red?
My flashing neon sign would take up
the entire side of a building. Love does
not demand its own way. It is flexible
and open to others’ ideas. At the same
time, love keeps no record of being wronged.
No record – like it never happened.
There you have it, my confession.
How do we love better? With God’s help. Ask God to fill you with His presence and give
you a heart to love every one of His children.
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