Teaching Words of Life Healing & Joy

Enduring Love

enduring love

“Love endures long and is patient and kind”(1 Corinthians 13:4a).

Sometimes the experience of loving and being loved generates warm feelings that bring joy, happiness, satisfaction, and encouragement. However, true love is not just a feeling, and Jesus tells us to love those who will not or cannot return our love. When we experience this side of love, it doesn’t feel rewarding. Instead, it produces feelings of rejection, hurt, or anger. To be able to love and treat with respect those who do not love us back is something we cannot do on our own.

This type of love is “God” love”! It requires that we turn toward Jesus with our souls’ negative emotions, and work out the hurt or anger we are feeling, as a result of not being accepted or loved back. Learning to habitually run to Jesus with our injured soul will eventually bring us to the place of forgiving those who reject and disrespect us. As God pours His Holy Spirit into our hearts, it will replace the negative, and give us the grace, and power needed to love the unlovely unconditionally.

This doesn’t mean that we become doormats to be stomped-on or abused, nor does it mean we will have a great relationship with those who disrespect us; it takes two people that want to equally work on having a healthy relationship for it to happen. But we will love all people with a Christ like love, the kind that helps others without being seduced or manipulated by them. This pure, strong love speaks the truth and is kind, patient, and enduring. In life’s journey, enduring love is our goal, and as we continue to evolve spiritually into our Savior’s likeness, we will mature in mind and heart- little by little. Sometime we will take a few steps forward, and then a couple backwards, but with the power of God’s Spirit within, we will ultimately move forward and love as He does.

 

Deborah Byrd

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