1 Corinthians 13:5
“Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it. ."
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Love can be spiteful, uncaring, and inept to our inner most feelings.
If we want to love people, we must let God transform the way we think about people and the things they do. We can believe the worst and be suspicious of everything others do and say or we can believe the best. Real love always believes the best.
What we think and believe is a choice. The root of much of our trouble in life is that we don't control or discipline our thoughts. If we don't discipline our thoughts, we will probably end up being suspicious and believe bad things that don't glorify God.
The prophet Jeremiah asked the people this: "How long will you allow your..... grossly offensive thoughts to lodge within you?" (Jer. 4:14). The thoughts the people chose to think were offensive to God. When we choose to believe the best we are able to let go of everything that could be harmful to good relationships.
When people do something that hurt you, you can believe they didn't realize what they were doing. If you do, you will save a lot of energy that you might otherwise waste on anger. When your feelings get hurt you will feel angry, but you an say to yourself, "Even though what they said or did hurt me, I choose to believe their heart was right." Keep talking to yourself until your feeling of anger start to dissipate. Say things like, "I don't believe they really understood how their actions affected me. I don't believe thy would try to hurt me on purpose. Maybe they are just having a bad day today."
I know from experience that keeping mental records of offenses poisons our own lives and does not really change the other person. Many times we waste a day being angry at someone who doesn't even realize they did anything that bothered us. If we are going to keep records, then why not keep records of the good things people do rather than the mistakes they make?
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "love others unconditionally."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, bless me with the knowledge to love others."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.