Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
It seems that for many people the definition of love is what they feel in their heart towards a person.
If the feeling is there, they will say nice things to the person. If the feeling is there is they will go out of their way to help the person. If the feeling is there, through thick and thin they will stand by that person.
The problem with this is that once the feeling is gone they equate that with the love also being gone and will have little or nothing to do with that same person.
I believe this is one of the reason why God included in his word the meaning of true love.
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Meaning we do not easily give up, become annoyed, irritated, complain or lose our temper when confronted with unwanted behaviors from another individual. We may feel these feelings but we do not act upon them. We do not let them control us or cause us to act in opposition to Gods word towards the person.
When we are loving in accordance with God’s definition, we treat the person right even when they are treating us wrong. Is that not what Jesus did for us?
Now, this does not mean that if you are in an abusive relationship you have to stay there and continue to be emotionally or physically abused. However, while you are somewhere in a safe place pray for God to open the abuser’s eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in God (Acts 26:18).
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It seems that we forget how Jesus did not give up on us when we did not keep his word. When we did not spend time with him the way we should have, he kept right on loving us. When we failed, he did not turn his back on us. The numerous times that we messed up, He STILL kept on loving us and showing us mercy.
Yet for some of us, if we are even looked at wrong or we think someone is talking about us, that’s it…the love is gone for that person.
The Bible says love is patient. In other words, continue to do right by that person AS IF they had never done you wrong. This is what Jesus did for us. This is true love.For some situations and circumstances, showing love is only going to be done by empowerment from God's Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet
However, God Wants you to call upon him.
He wants you to cry out to him. He wants you to confess to him all of your hurt, anger
By his Spirit, he will help you and heal you from the wrong that was done to you.
Don’t brush his commandment off saying “Well, God understands” or “He knows my heart”. This excuse does not justify your actions if you are not walking in love towards that person.
Love is patient! It’s almost as if God is yelling this at us because he wants us to really hear his word. He does not want us to turn on each other or to walk away from one another. He wants us to believe the best for each other. To hope for the best for one another.
If you can be there to help that person out then do so. Within, you may not have the best feelings towards the person, but if you are a child of God, do not let your feelings control you. Let your actions be ruled by the word and commandments of God, not your flesh or feelings
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.Remember: Love Is Patient And It Will NEVER Fail. Click To Tweet
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