Recently, I’ve been facing some difficulties that all seem to relate back to the same thing, the L word: Love. Whether it’s realizing that I am not all the way healed from my recent heartbreak, trying to find the one, or worrying that I may possibly never find that one guy again. My recent heartbreak was so difficult to deal with most likely because we truly did love each other; we talked about marriage, and what our goals for our relationship were in the future. So, it has been tough trying to admit to myself that he was not the one, and apparently he’s still out there. What’s important to keep in mind is that God has a plan, and it brings me to peace as I realize that. I don’t need to worry about who is the one for me, and when will he come into my life, because whatever is supposed to happen will. I read this super great article on waiting for that right person (I’ll post the link below), and it inspired me to elaborate on the ‘waiting for your love’ topic.
Okay, so if anyone is remotely familiar with the Bible and some verses within it, they most likely know the popular verse from 1 Corinthians 4-7. It reads:
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, 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.
Clearly, we know that God is love(1 John 4:8). However, I like to relate this verse in my daily life, especially on my emotionally rougher days. So what does this mean? To me, this is the perfect definition of what a married couple should be imagined as. The following are parts that stand out to me:
Love is patient: Love waits. love waits for God’s plan, as I mentioned earlier. Think of it as the opposite of a short fuse. When two love, they understand one another, they do not blame one another. They do not get upset easily. Love is patient.
Love is kind: Love is kindhearted. Kindness is characterized by benevolence and tenderness. Godly love will make a person kinder. Think about it, no one can be loving and unkind at the same time. Kind means warmhearted, caring, affectionate, loving, warm, and good-natured. Love is not love if it is not kind.
It keeps no records of wrongs: This one reminds me of a sermon the pastor at Hope City, Jeremy Foster spoke about(he’s absolutely amazing, I recommend him to anyone and everyone). Love is first off not easily angered, but is also forgiving. Love does not hold grudges. Jesus died for us because he did not keep records of our wrongs, but rather prayed for our forgiveness as he was on the cross. In fact, it is better to be cheated than to be unloving. Love is forgiving and understanding. Plus, holding grudges only leads to eventually assigning wound to someone else who does not deserved to be hurt. Now that does not mean forgive everyone for everything, and let them control what happens to you. Rather what it means, is that you must forgive, and forget. Do not waste your time on anger, rather pray for them and move on. Don’t keep records of one’s wrongs.
Always: It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. It may seem strange, but the most important part of this verse is the word always. Love is always. It is always there, it should always be there, it is ceaseless. Love is always there, love should mean trust, love should mean protection, love should mean hope, and love should mean preserving. Love is forever, and it’s an important aspect to remember.
Okay, so this verse is great to go to when you are down about love, whether it is family or friends, or a significant other. I hope you all enjoyed this!
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