“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:7How do we love in this way? Always protecting, trusting, hoping, and persevering?
I’m finding the older I get – (and believe me the gray hairs are no longer popping out, they’re simply out!) the more I realize, situations that would have made me angry, frustrated, or bitter in the past, no longer stir the same feelings. As I’ve gotten older, my relationship with Christ has become stronger, more intense, and because of that proximity to Him, I’m learning to love as Paul instructed in Corinthians.
Love comes with a price. To always protect? To always trust? To always hope? To always persevere?
Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
The key word in the above scripture is “bearing.”
Have you ever looked at a Palm Tree? Yes, they are slender and tall…their trunks are like armor. If you look close enough, it is more like the shell of an armadillo with a leathery, criss-crossed appearance. In the center of the tree appears to be a circular, wooden slat to hold everything together as storms stretch and pull its trunk in various directions. This “wooden slat” is actually called leaf scars.
I think of the Palm Tree when I think of this scripture. There is strength and boldness in love. When the storms come and stretch and pull us in directions we do not want to go, it is love which protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres through it all. The love from God…the love from others…the love from us to others.
How do you feel the love of God on your life? Do you feel protected and trusted by others? Do you think they feel the same way in your love for them?