Verse of the day
…does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Everyday interactions with the people we love and care about are often filled with moments of warmth and laughter- conversations we hold dear, inside jokes and a lot of other things that make sharing our lives with others so beautiful. But in these times, we also experience provocation and tense moments. We rub shoulders, we butt heads, we step on toes, we get under each other’s skin. Relationships can get messy but they only stay that way when we choose to focus on the act (wrongdoing) instead of the person or people on the other side of the table.
Today’s verse is taken from one of the Bible’s most thought-provoking writings on the subject of Love. It tells all the things that Love is, and all the things that love isn’t. It shows us the things that Love does, and the things that Love does not do. Love does not do what is easy or best for self, it does what is right.
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Whom should we love? Jesus’ instructions are very clear and straightforward. He says, “Love your neighbour,” (this includes the people we know and the ones we don’t, people we like and people we do not like). He also tells us to love one another (referring to love amongst believers or his disciples in that particular context).
How are we to love? Today’s text answers that question in part. As we have seen earlier, the people in our lives can and will hurt us. How are we to react? With Love. Every time.
When we feel treated unfairly, we should not dwell on our hurt otherwise we will begin to say or do things to get back at those who treated us that way. No, love does not behave rudely. Not even if “they had it coming” or “they deserve it”. When we feel neglected, we should not become preoccupied with ourselves. No, love does not seek its own. However badly we are treated, we are not to retaliate. No, love is not provoked nor does it think evil (of or towards others). Sound hard? Yes indeed! But we are not without assistance…
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Father, I am glad that Your love resides in my heart by Your Holy Spirit which is in me! I can now live each day seeking the good of others, regardless of what they do or don’t do.
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