1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

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 hope, always perseveres.( 1 corinthians 13: 4-7)

It says, that when we really love someone, then it always protects, always trust always hopes, always persevere for love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It always understands each other’s weaknesses and failures. Love will always forgive and keep no records of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love is not self-seeking nor selfish, it always has the reason to respect the other despite differences.

What the world teaches about love is the complete opposite from the real meaning of love. Captured from biblical text as many Christians believed, proven tried and true. Is this why there are many spouses who give up without really trying to solve their marital issues? Is this why divorce and separation are the trends nowadays?

The bible teaches us how to walk with love and how to show love. It is already known when God’s spirit rest in our lives we can spread that love to others and share it with the whole world as a whole. Here is a note by D.L. Moody derived from Notes from the Bible. How wonderfully he characterize love in his writing.

Joy is love exulting

Peace is love reposing.

Long suffering is love untiring.

Gentleness is love enduring.

Goodness is love in action.

Faith is love on the battlefield.

Meekness is love under discipline.

temperance is love in training.

Love is a universal word that we seldom or always say to everyone and to the very special someone in our lives. The question is did we really meant what we said or does it only comes out from the nose and didn’t really mean a thing. loving the unlovable and the person that has hurt us terribly in the past is not very easy to do. It needs time and real effort and energy to stay in harmonious relationships with them, even instill great patience and acceptance to face them cordially.

Wherever we go whatever we do, either one way or another someone or somebody out there will not approve of everything that we do, our innate beliefs, actions, thoughts, and ideas.

 Sometimes, they will trample your pride and self-worth by trying to diminish you in the eyes of others.   They even go beyond the extent of making you a laughingstock by blunders and bullying. If this is how love supposes to be, then it’s not very easy, not at all!  Love is doing great effort to make our loved ones happy and approving. Still they see some disapproving loopholes in our character and personality, In the end, we felt harassed, unappreciated and unloved. We try harder but our efforts are trampled and they go to the drain wasted. 

Harboring hate and deep-seated anger are not good for the heart, body, and soul. These negative feelings will create illness and diseases and what is more, it will make us truly unhappy and empty inside. Like something is missing in one’s life. 

FORGIVENESS

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. ”  Martin Luther King Jr.

Because in truth to love is to give the best to everyone, putting them first above your own. Which is the hardest thing to do because it’s widely known that loving you first before someone else does we learn to truly love and accept the other. I’m not a self-acclaim guru here. I just want to delve on the importance of love and the power of forgiveness in our lives.

This powerful word is real and alive if we try harder by learning to understand a person and truly look into their heart and soul the extent of their unkindness and rudeness towards you. Instead of harboring a grudge try to show them love and respect. Try to put yourself in their shoes, maybe they feel very low and suffer from a depressive situation at that point. Let us try to understand know and feel other’s thoughts and feelings.

 I’ll tell you, kindness has a way to stir the conscience even those whose heart has been darkened by pride and self-glory. By doing so we can win them over and find a real and loyal friends, in return but it does not apply to everyone, I presume. 

To forgive someone is a long journey home, it’s like climbing a mount Everest. It’s a constant struggle that needs an abundant amount of restraint and patience to forgive a person and give them second chances. Chances are and they might abuse your kindness and take advantage of your goofy duck attitude as weakness.

 Did you go around searching for love and acceptance?. Assuming or even hoping to be the next Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha or Jesus Christ. Do we have to go to that extreme to feel accepted and appreciated for who we are faults, flaw, mistakes along with our rough and ragged edges of our personality?.

Each individual has a different mindset because each one of us is unique. It needs intuition in how to treat each individual according to their personality and attitude.

Martin Luther King, Jr. a human right champion set an example of this powerful word:  forgiveness because he was also a victim of injustice and the hero of his time where injustice was prevalent. He saw it and teach the people that each individual is a creation of God, therefore, each person is equally important regardless of their position or station in life either he’s a slave or a master. He was loved by the people of his time until the present because he knows how to forgive as a leeway to achieve greater love and divine abundance in return.

Therefore, love and forgiveness go hand in hand because we can’t truly love without forgiving and giving importance to others.

 this image is credited  to brainy quote

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