4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
This verse in Corinthians is one of my favorite, what a great example of what love is. Love is all of the things I struggle with on a daily, scratch that – hourly, basis.
Patience – like the patience I am lacking when it’s 6pm at night, the hubs is sitting in traffic and I am trying to get dinner ready despite the “mommy, mommy” pleas of my toddler and wailing “I’m hungry” cries from the baby. When I, myself, have had a long day and just want to sit down and relax.
Easily Angered – see above – yes 6-7pm at my house, I am often VERY EASILY angered.
Keeps No Record of Wrongs – I wish I could say differently, but I keep a mental tally. Especially when it comes to my husband and the ways I THINK he should treat me or things he should be doing for me or our family. Often I am so consumed with thoughts of what could be better, that I forget to LOVE the many things he already does.
God, Grant me the ability to do a better job of LOVING. I want to love my husband and sons with the same unconditional love you lavish on me. I want to be a role model for my children as they grow. And the role model I am being now needs some work. Nudge my heart on a regular basis so that I am recognizing the ways I can live out I Corinthians 13. Amen.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding, Prov. 14:29