Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Love is....


1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

Last night, Micah and I got into an argument. It was over something so petty and little but it blew up into something that kept escalating. Instead of letting it grow and keep on going, Micah stopped it. He picked up his Bible and some dry erase markers and led me into the bathroom. We then broke down the verse above. Love is patient, love is kind... after we took this picture, we kept going with it and by the time we were finished, the mirror was completely full, except for inside of the heart.

We rarely argue anymore. When we were first married, we fought a lot. So I think it took us both by surprise when we both got so angry last night. And then even more surprising at how hurtful we can be.

Sometimes we don't realize how we treat the people we love or come across through our every day life. Friends, family, children, salespeople in stores, solicitors on the phone, neighbors or even people that are mean to us first. And its even easier to hurt those who are closest to us. We take their love for granted.

This verse does not just apply to married people. This applies to everyone. Take a step back and see how you act during the day. Try to be a bit more patient if your children are taking their time doing something and you are in a hurry. Try to smile even if you are in a long line at the store and help out the clerk who is grouchy and stressed out. If you get a solicitor on the phone, go out of your way to be polite. If you have a close friend who you just feel out of touch with in general, send them a note. Its not about how they treat you, its about how you show love yourself.

I could have kept going with this but for some reason I stopped. Just something to think about. Pin It

6 comments:

Tawn said...

Rebecca, This is so beautiful! Its wonderful for you to have a husband that is so rooted in Faith, that through the frustration, he can guide you back to Love. You did great to listen because i know that in the heat of the moment, it its easy! You guys are great, and it was a blessing to see this- thanks for posting!

Melissa said...

Wow! That is so awesome! :) Love you guys!

Michelle Devine said...

You are so right. Thanks for the example.

Diana said...

That's beautiful, Rebecca. I'm so glad you were able to love each other in such a way that you got through your argument. Thank you so much for sharing.

Butterfly Beauty said...

Rebecca...
that is really cool. i know when louie & i argue its over stupid things as well and esclate. its so dumb how the devil can use something so small to do so much damage. its awesome God used micah and that neat idea to bring you both down to His level and His solution. How encouraging!
thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

You are brave to share such a private moment w/all. It's all so true. The pic is simple. Bare truth. Beautiful.

(i'm still wondering how you took it!?) :)

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