“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.“ 1 Corinthians 13:13
Forever is a long, long time.
Last week was Valentine’s Day with me taking out the scales for love:me verses 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Let’s just say my side of the scale was more than a little light comparing my effort to the reality of love God’s way. I got as far as five versus and then had to stop. I needed to bone up a bit on what I had.
One week later, I have my wooden spoon to bite on, and I am ready to face the scale again. Taking a deep breath, I mentally say,” Bring it on!”
Verse 6: “it(love) does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices when ever the truth wins out.” I think this one has to do, for me, with individuals who have done me wrong. When I see bad things befall them that they didn’t deserve or earn, I have a choice to feel happy because they finally know how I feel, or I can follow the Bible and grieve with those that grieve. I need to stop focusing on myself and focus on what that individual needs, through God’s eyes.
Injustices are never right, even if they happen to people that have wronged others. These are not a matter for me to judge. God will set their scales in balance for their sins, just like He will for mine. My job is to love in spite of who they are and what they have done—easier said than done.
Verse 7: “ Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always helpful, and endures through every circumstance.“ I could totally take the easy way out of the first part, “love never gives up,“ as that is the definition of a parent with a child. It does not matter what my child does, I will always love her.
I’ve never understood how that could be but it doesn’t translate into marriage… . I am the kid of a divorce, so I’ve lived in it. Marriage is hard, sometimes ugly. Words in marriage are not always sweet, hopeful, or even close to encouraging, putting it mildly. I just don’t understand how we can choose to love our children over, and over when they know how to push our buttons, break our hearts, use and abuse and there is no question that our love is forever.
Why doesn’t that kind of unconditional love translate into marriage? Shouldn’t Parenting be the extension of the love of the marriage instead of the other way around? Eh, another question for my,”Questions to ask God when I get to heaven,” box—it gets fuller all the time!
I do want to clarify, this thought does not pertain to parents who abuse their children or abuse in marriage. That’s a completely different topic. I wouldn’t give Tylenol to a cancer patient for pain any more than using one verse to stop or justify abuse.
Verse 8:? Wait! I think those last two are enough for a bit. Since we are dealing with “Forever” another week is just a drop in the ocean of time.
My prayers continue! Until we meet again dear friends: Blessings!