Hope all is well. At the center of our relationship with God, we should always allow love to have her perfect way. For example, let’s say we encounter a pit, problem, or circumstance, and our normal human reaction would be to “fly off the handle” (not easily angered) or go back and report to others what happened to us (keeping record of wrongs which results in unforgiveness, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander, and a host of other things), and this usually involves dishonoring others. For today, I want to take a look at a portion of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. However, I encourage us all to go back and read the entire chapter to grasp the full concept of what the Lord is teaching us.
4 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, and 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, and always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13, 4-7).
We all know that this is the definition of true Christian love, right? If love is not easily angered, then a person with a “short fuse,” who becomes angry easily, is not showing love. Love is called “patient” in verse 4 (both love and patience are listed as fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Patience includes the ability to tolerate weaknesses in others without readily expressing anger. “Love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8); it doesn’t fly off the handle at every provocation. I’m eager to apply this to my own life, are you? Until we meet again, I love you to life!
Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior
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