What is it about love that brings things together?
- It suffers long and is kind.
- It does not envy.
- It does not parade itself.
- Is not puffed up.
- Does not behave rudely.
- Doesn’t seek its own.
- Is not provoked.
- Thinks no evil.
- Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
- Love never fails.
Those three little words. How can this even be true? Doesn’t it feel like all we do is fail? I have gotten angry, rushed into assumptions, and wished for my own desires to be fulfilled. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t envious or rude sometimes either. I have failed my husband. He has failed me. So what is the point? Should he or I pack up and leave? What makes love NEVER fail? Is there a point to sticking by each other through thick and thin? Is it all really fair?
I love this one part of what love is made of:
- bears all things
- believes all things
- hopes all things
- endures all things
Like the unbelievable vessel it seems to be, love is a positive package of royal goodness. It lasts. It puts up with me. It believes in me. It hopes like no tomorrow. Nowhere does God say that love is based on what we expect from others. Or that a set of rules must be followed in order for it cover us. It certainly is not fair.
Doesn’t it feel good when someone wraps you up in their arms after you just said I am sorry? Especially when you just did something ridiculous? Or how a face can just melt when we apologize? I know that it feels good to me. So why not give that love to others, even when it is undeserving? Because God is in our lives, both Chris and I can bear all things like it was in style. It teaches us to be slow to anger and less proud. There are fewer thoughts of pointing out each other’s faults and more thoughts of what is good. In turn, we have experienced a friendship that is tighter than anything I have ever experienced. It is after the difficult times that the warm fuzzies come, not before.
We aren’t perfect, not in the least. But what we do have is perfect, and that is God. The author of love.
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. – Deut. 31:8