5 love … does not take into account a wrong suffered
- 1 Corinthians 13:5d
I personally struggle a lot with this one. When someone does something to wrong me, the only thing my flesh wants to do is get back and get even. Of course, that would be against God’s word. So when I face situations where someone has wronged me, especially someone close, I really really have to use all my strength to not lose my spirituality and respond correctly.
Years ago, when my wife and I were having some problems and were seeking marital counseling, I was given a piece of very good advice that works with this love scripture. I was upset about something my wife did that day that I honestly can not remember–ironic isn’t it. Anyway, after explaining why I was so wronged and so justified to be angry. The man who was counseling me said, “Is sacrificing your future worth the anger you are feeling right now in the present?” I was taken back as he explained further. “If you hold your anger you will end your marriage, is the future of your life together and all God has for you as a couple worth sacrificing and losing just because you got angry!” I really wanted to say two things. First it would not have been my fault but that was not true because I was the one who was holding the anger. And second, that I had a justifiable right to be angry and God should just realize that is the way I am. However, God is all about raising our character to higher levels and this would have never flown. So, I left my meeting with my counselor and went home. If I am honest, I was grumbling about the counselor said and more important how right he was. When I got home I apologized to my wife.
I wish I could tell you I had a great handle on this but I am still a work in progress. In fact, just the other day I felt that I was wronged and did not act accordingly, at least at first. But I did come around. The important thing is that I realize that there is a better way to operate and I am constantly striving to reach it.
The next time that someone does something to wrong you, take a deep breath, and then respond in love as Jesus would have. You will be blown away at the response that you get.
Next week, we will continue our study on the Love of God.
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