Aug 12, 2019
The Medicine We Forget to Take:
This morning I was listening to a devotional and felt a prick on my conscious that really caught my attention. It was about 1st Corinthians 13: 4-7
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
I thought to myself, "Well God, I say I love people but... do I only love the one's I want to?" Yikes. I felt pretty bad, yet thankful that God brought this to my attention. It's easy to love the one's who love you back. It takes intention and effort to love the one's who you'd rather pass by or avoid. What about the negative-nelly who you can't stand; or the person who gossiped about you? What about the ex who broke your heart? What about the parent or sibling who doesn't want a relationship with you? Jesus, you want me to love them too? Yup. We know we should love like Jesus but sometimes it seems easier to ignore the warning signs and just do our own thing; like kids. Thankfully God is our perfect, patient parent. Just like when you're sick and your parents give you a specific kind of medicine, they know it will help your body kill off the infection. It's annoying and painful at first, but with time, you CAN heal!
God wants to help you. Thank God! I need all the help I can get! God shows us a new way to love even when it's tough. When the bills pile up. When the arguments start. When the pain is the most present. I am amazed at how much compassion Jesus had on the people who spit on his face and laughed while they scourged him and nailed him to a cross. He loved when it was tough and when he wasn't loved back. What faith and trust in the Father's love. What love for us. After feeling this conviction about God's desire of love for us; I wrote this out for you and me to remind us that with God's love, there are no limits or conditions. Thank you God that we can live in this freedom you've given us.
1. Love is patient- Am I being patient?
2. Love is kind- Am I being kind?
3. It does not envy – Am I jealous of something or others?
4. It is not proud. It does not boast- Am I bragging or drawing attention to myself?
5. It does not dishonor others- Am I gossiping or complaining about someone?
6. It is not self-seeking- Am I saying this because it’s only in my best interest?
7. It is not easily angered-Am I getting angry and reacting instead of waiting and then responding?
8. It keeps no record of wrongs- Am I holding onto past mistakes of mine and others and judging them for it?
9. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth- Am I focusing on pleasure instead of pure joy?
10. It always protects- Am I protecting others hearts out of love? Am I protecting my own?
11. Always trusts – Am I vulnerable enough to allow myself to trust others? Am I fully trusting in God with this?
12. Always hopes- Am I hoping for the best for others and what God has in store for them and for me?
13. Always perseveres- Am I going to give up in tough situations and feel defeated?
14.Love never fails- Will I trust in God’s love to never fail me or others in his plan for them?