I Corinthians 13: “4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth . . . 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Why is it that even though love is patient, kind, long-suffering, we tend to lash out at those closest to us, those we love the most?
When someone we love hurts us, whether intentionally or not, our first instinct is to hurt back.
It ought not to be this way.
My first reaction to someone’s hurtful words or actions has been to pull into myself and hang onto the pain and anger, letting it fester in my heart.
Eventually, it is like a volcano that can no longer stop an eruption of fire from spewing forth.
Over the years, the Lord has taught me that this ought not to be, either.
I have learned to take all of that pain, anger and resentment and hand them over to God. I ask Him to fill me, instead, with His love for the other person; and let Him deal with them.
This is the only way I can live in peace and tranquility; the only way to joyfully forgive and move on.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2014