Who are you currently struggling to love?
August 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


As I’m sitting in a hospital ER exam room at 2am, I can’t help but notice a little sign hanging behind the nurse’s station.  It’s 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you’ve heard it recited in some form or fashion. You’d except to see its words inside a Hallmark card or on a poster with adorable kittens. We tend to get lost in its flowery language. But, love isn’t all roses and daisies. Love is required in those moments when we find ourselves in the weeds dealing with a strained relationship. Love is a challenge when someone is being a thorn in our side. If the other person doesn’t act the way we want them to, we get irritated, frustrated, aggravated, and a host of other descriptions.


During this moment, do you know what is needed? Quite simply, LOVE.  There is a tenacity that is required to love others. Relationships are messy. Relationships are difficult. Sometimes there are disagreements. Sometimes feelings get hurt. Sometimes relationships hang in the balance.  When we are at our wits end with others, we get to love. When we are tempted to be jealous of this person, we get to love. When all they are doing is pushing our buttons, we get to love. When everything in us desires to dredge up the past, we get to love. But this is easier said than done.


Our ability to love others lies in our willingness to embrace Christ’s sacrificial love for us. We don’t have the strength to do it on our own. We must lean on Christ.  We tend to think we’re loving when things go our way, but we get to love when they don’t. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and endures. Love is defined by the way it finishes: love never fails. Who are you currently struggling to love? What is driving your attitude towards this person?  What would love have you do in this relationship?


This my Prayer: Father God, help me to love.  Lord right now I need to recognize I am loved by You in order to have any hope of loving those around me. Jesus help me to realign my view of love with Your definition. I confess my shallow view of thinking that love is all about my ways and me when it is all about Yours! In Your name, Jesus. Amen.