Love Suffers Long, but It’s Rewards Are Beautiful

Isn’t this beautiful… and true?

Love suffereth long: it is bountiful: love envieth not: love doth not boast itself: it is not puffed up: It doth no uncomely thing: it seeketh not her own thing: it is not provoked to anger: it thinketh no evil: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 GNV

When I thought of love as a child, it was my mom and dad; when I thought of love as a teen, it was holding hands, starry eyes, and sweet whispers of affection; when I think of love as a married woman in covenant with a man, I know it is so much more than looks, words, or emotions;

it is binding yourself to one person knowing;

if they sink; you float,

if they hurt; you comfort,

if they struggle: you pray;

if they leave; you stay;

if they fall; you stand.

There is no battle my husband should fight alone. He is mine and I am his and we are both God’s, created in the image of God to do good works, such as- love your spouse. With action. I love the translation above.

Love suffereth long:—Yes it does. It is hard work.

it is bountiful:— Praise God- it is full of joy and hope

love envieth not:— You Picked them- you have them- end of the story!

love doth not boast itself:— I do not always get to win, and I shouldn’t say I am right

it is not puffed up:— On my best day, I am still not without sin, for my God or husband

It doth no uncomely thing:— It shouldn’t want to hurt- words… so sharp and painful

it seeketh not her own thing:— We are in this together. period. for all of our lives.

it is not provoked to anger:—Is there anything that a calm conversation can not correct?

it thinketh no evil: — it wants only good for the other.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 GNV

As we near this greedy holiday, I exhort you to be LOVE. You can BE LOVE. You can show love beyond your loved ones expectations. You can make a treat, be the treat-wink wink- or you can find something that makes all the difference for them from a yucky day to a blessed and beautiful time with you.

Tim and I don’t exchange gifts. Throughout the year we buy small tokens of love, Pepsi for him, Dr.Pepper for me, and when I feel tempted to be overwhelmed by the 3rd round of Delivered Red Roses, I can find more than contentment that he thinks of me daily. It’s rare to not get something at least 4 times a week. Do I need $70.00 flowers- or to be a contended and joyful wife? I bet he would pick me 10 dozen roses himself if I could become content with who I am, and more importantly who I am to him. That’s where true value lies.

Blessings and Love,

mel

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