I wish I knew then all I've learned now. It's too bad I had spent my marriage choosing petty grievances over mercy, impatience over grace, and self-preservation over love. My late husband would have benefit from my current love journey.
Do you remember those growth spurt years? You'd be brutally awakened, middle of the night, by excruciating calf cramps? Sometimes the growing pains can be just that... a pain.
But it was a necessary suffering likened to the soreness bodybuilders experienced after a hardcore session in the gym, when every muscle cried out for pain relief cream. At times, I've found learning to grow in love to be uncomfortable as well as painful, as I trained to stretch outside of myself. Learning to love has presented difficult lessons for my flesh, it doesn't like coming in second or being denied.
Old habits of reacting in my flesh must die, and new habits of responding in love must be formed. I'm learning to recognize my selfishness, old defense mechanisms, and pride. Instead of retaliation, I can choose to see the situation from God's perfect perspective instead of my own crude judgements.
📖 (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TPT)
Love is large and incredibly patient.
Love is gentle and consistently kind to all.
It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else.
Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.
Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor.
Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong.
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.
Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
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