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“Love suffers long AND is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all thing, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all thing. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(beginning), NKJV. **emphasis added**
Love. Love. Love. (In my Florida Evans voice) Bruh! In my devotional time just now I got hit, slammed, pushed, shoved, told off, and slapped with SOOOOOO many things it ain’t even funny! I was gonna say ambushed too, but the truth of the matter is I already knew the things I was getting hit with, so it wasn’t no real surprise, but it was a definitely reality check.
My life right now, if I am to be honest, is a mess. And it IS a mess because I am not walking the Godly principles! The Bible is the main ingredient to EVERY pot, to every meal, to every homework assignment, to every test, to ever-ree-THANG and if we put that into everything, then everything will surely come out good to the bone; finger licking good!! YUM!
God knows exactly where we are every step of the way and He is with us whether we “feel” Him or not. Think about Israel in the wilderness. God was RIGHT there and if I’m not mistaken, He is the SAME God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8; latter); so this tells me He is doing the same thing today! And God will meet you RIGHT where you are; whether its in the wilderness or the Promise Land… So you’re ready for this?! Well, here we go!!!!
- Love suffers long and is kind. (You may also see in other versions “patient and kind”)
Well, let us back up and stay docked for a quick second for the stragglers to catch up. Prior to verse 4, the first 3 verses of 1 Corinthians speaks on how regardless of what you do: speak with tongues of men and angels, prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, have faith to remove mountains, bestow all your goods and give, and/or even give your body to be burned; NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, if you do it
without love; you are NOTHING and it profits you NOTHING! In other words, it don’t even make sense for you to do those things because guess what, like The Rock used to say, “It does not matter!” Now let’s roll…
Love suffers long and is kind. NO matter HOW many times a person does not get something right, no matter how many times you ask for something and never get it, no matter how many times you pray and do not obtain, love keeps on going…and guess what!? It keeps on going with a smile on its face. How fun and easy is that?! Ha!! Tis not! We cannot say we love and then get mad when we do something and get nothing in return. It does not work that way…but we will get back to that in a few.
2. Love does not envy.
We all know envy means to be/feel jealous (i.e. wanting what someone else has), but let’s get technical because I am, as my husband would call me, “Technical Tammy”! The word “envy” can be defined as “a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck”. So bam! Love does not envy, but love loves what it has! Love doesn’t look at another couple and say, “Man, I wish I had that” (#Relationshipgoals), or “Her husband does that, boy that’s nice, if only my husband would”, or “If only I had the platform of (whomever is doing what you desire to do), then my life would be so much better than this”, you get the drift… Love suffers long and is kind regardless of what the next person may or may not have…cuz guess what!? You don’t know the whole story of what you are looking to! You may not really want that…imjussayn. **shrugs**
3. Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
Bruh! Love is not bragging on yourself!! Shut up and go satdown somewhere! Because like I said before under numero uno, it doesn’t matter what you do or how many times you do something, because if you were doing it out of love, then you don’t have to go brag about it… You’re just going to do it, with a smile, and chillax. You may have to suffer long, but at least you know its “love” that you’re doing it for and ima just go on ahead and throw this lil nugget out there and pray you catch the correlation… God is “LOVE” and you ARE doing it for “love”, right.!? (That’s Bible, look it up).
4. Love does not behave rudely!
Bruh! This the one I kept getting hit with in my devotional!! I was having so many flashback moments of me huffing and puffing while doing something or rolling my eyes while serving, Man! Yall! Danika!
THAT IS NOT LOVE! Love is kind, love smiles; love don’t smack their lips when they get asked a question or stomp their feet and slam the doors because it didn’t get what it wants. Which brings us to 5.
5. Love does not seek its own.
It is NOT about you!! We must ALWAYS remember that! If you’re doing it out of love, it is for the other person anyways, so tell me… Where do YOU come in at?! No worries, I’ll wait…………
6. Love is not provoked and thinks no evil.
Haha!! I had to laugh at this one because it was another slap in the face!!! We all have said (or thought), “Well, they ain’t acting right, why should I?!”, or something along those lines. I’m about to answer you. You should because YOU LOVE! Or….maybe you don’t and that’s why you’re provoked and think evil. Ouch. That wasn’t me, Spirit just said that! But it’s the truth and you can’t even argue with that! Tuh. Moving along…
7. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
How many of y’all, when you’re mad at your spouse or what have you, get a kick out of something going sour/bad for them??? It’s okay, that’s what we are here for!! We can’t do that! I know, we’re human, BUT we gotta stop using that as an excuse people!! Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. You think Jesus is excited when bad things happen to us?!
NO! He wants the best for us. WHY?! Because HE LOVES US! Rejoice in that; the truth. Rejoice in the fact that “though they slay you” (or your spouse/relative/friend/enemy), consider it pure and count it all joy when you and/or your spouse, friend, coworker, whoever are going through, keep in mind that ALL things are working for your good and that what the devil meant for harm….you know the rest!
8. (This one is where I began to cry) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love. Never. FAILS!
No matter what, no matter the circumstance, no matter the situation; love hangs in there. Love is strong man! To bear, to believe, to hope, to endure; PERIOD! That is not contingent on the other entity. That is just is. Nothing more, nothing less…just is. Is bearing, is believing, is hoping, is enduring; is. That’s some real deep stuff and if that wasn’t enough; IT NEVER FAILS!! My God! Time to port…
Now, as we made it to the end of our destination and you get off the boat, here is the task from this day forward: Let us work on love. That last part, “love never fails” tells me that regardless if I am to suffer long, or ain’t getting what I “think” I deserve, or feeling some type of way, or giving and not getting anything in return, that LOVE NEVER FAILS! I will, you will, as long as we are loving, sincerely, will reap; WHY!? Because you reap what you sow and God LOVES a cheerful giver! So continue to bear, continue to believe, continue to hope, and continue to endure; because by doing all those things listed above, you will ALWAYS win and come out on top!!!
Go on and love somebody. THE REAL WAY!
Bless and Be Blessed.
**DISCLAIMER:: This message is NOT intended for those who are being abused to stay and continue to get abused. Judge your situation accordingly, line it up with the Word of God, and if it is not safe, you need to flee! Nowhere in those verses does it say “love is pain” and/or “love hurts”.**