In the “Jack Hayford Bible” love in 1 Corinthains 13:4-8 is described this way:
Love suffers long, having patience with imperfect people. Love is kind, and active in doing good. Love does not envy; since it is non-possesive and uncompetitive, it actually wants others to get ahead. Hence it does not parade itself. Love has a self-effacing quality; it is not ostentatious. Love is not puffed up, treating others arrogantly; it does not behave rudely, but display good manners and courtesy. Love does not seek its own, insisting on its own rights and demanding precedence; rather, it is unselfish. Love is not provoked; it is not irritable or touchy, rough or hostile, but is graceful under pressure. Love thinks no evil; it does not keep an account of wrongs done to it; instead it erases resentments. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, finding satisfaction in the shortcomings of others and spreading an evil report; rather, it rejoices in the truth, aggressively advertising the good. Love bears all things, defending and holding other people up. Love believes the best about others, credits them with good intentions, and is not suspicious. Love hopes all things, never giving up on people, but affirming their future. Love endures all things, persevering to the end and remaining loyal to the end.
So much strife, disharmony, confusion, anxiety, even mental illness could be resolved and healed if we would truly make this our motto in life! Recently, a lady came to me for counsel. She had been crying. Her eyes were puffy and she still had streams of tears running down her face. I could see the hurt that was tormenting this woman. Her grown children began to tell her all the negative things she didn’t do just right as they were children. Some of it was true, some of it was magnified and it was their perspective and was not at all accurate. Nevertheless, this was said to her over and over.
Parents are not perfect and it is important to tell our children when we mess up we are not perfect and that we are sorry and to ask them to forgive us! This in turn teaches them it is okay to say they are sorry and to not only ask forgiveness but to GIVE forgiveness as well. She had done this each time and had even reiterated it to them as adults. Since this had begun confusion, unrest, and great sorrow came into this home. What was this woman to do? When you see peace leaving, people becoming overly sensitive, and unreasonable you are dealing with spirits of confusion and dissention. You have to take this on in prayer, binding those things, taking your authority and telling them to leave and pleading the blood over your family.
Unity is powerful! Satan loves nothing more to come and divide and conquer! Notice he can’t conquer until he is able to DIVIDE! How does he do it? By bringing confusion and everything that is opposite of love. Love believes the best, satan brings suspicion. Love forgets a suffered wrong, satan plays it over and over in one’s mind! Love gives, satan takes selfishly. Love unites, satan creates havoc! Where there is confusion there is EVERY EVIL WORK, the Bible tells us!
Instead of running and telling everyone else what is bothering you about a situation and the people involved, pray, and then be an adult. Man-up to it so to speak! Go and tell that person you may have misunderstood their motives, what they said or what they did. Go in gentleness giving the benefit of the doubt! Be a person of love and watch adversity turn to UNITY! Glory to God!! Do it quickly so satan cannot get a foothold!
I hope you were blessed, my precious reader from the devotional today. I appreciate each and every one of you! I will see you soon!!