Tuesday, June 01, 2010

SACRIFICING TO LOVE


If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1 (NIV)
It's not enough for love to just be exciting, it also must be lasting! Teen age romance won't satisfy a middle aged couple. Puppy love won't last through the dog days of life. How can you build a love that lasts longer that a 2 hour movie, or a 210 page paperback novel? Paul writes to the Corinthians amidst their turmoil and tells them the secret of love that makes relationships last. Lets look at I Corinthians 13 together and get some clues to the daily sacrifices that keep love alive.
Love is patient... (1 Cor 13:4)
Love is alive when it has time, it is dying when it is hurried, it is dead when it cannot wait. Waiting together is a part of all of our relationships! But many times love also means that I must wait for someone else . wait for them to grow or to understand . wait for them to heal or to get motivated.
Love is kind... (1 Cor 13:4)
Love is alive when it cares, it is dying when it forgets, it is dead when it ignores.
Kindness is the ability to do the little things well. The love expressed in kindness is learning how to turn those grand vows in a ceremony into washing dishes and dumping trash, how to turn those great hopes in a hospital nursery into changing nappies and staying up with sick children. Do you ever forget to be kind? We all do! Kindness in our families, with those we are closest to, takes real effort.
LOVE does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud I Cor 13:4
Love is alive when it is secure... is dying when it doubts... is dead when it loses trust.
Security is one of the #1 issues in relationships. Add a little insecurity to the best of relationships and love battles to stay alive. This is true even in our relationship with God. What one step could you take to make that relationship where you are struggling more secure? What difference might it make for you to talk to or call someone today and say "No matter what happens, no matter how ill you become or how far apart we are, I will always love you."
Family Activity: Here's your assignment... be kind to someone in your family today in some unusual or new way. See if you can catch each other being kind.
Children's activity: Show your kids how our actions affect our feelings. Have them act sad,. ask if it makes them feel a little sad. Have them act angry, then act like they don't care. Then have them act happy and ask again how their actions affect the way they feel inside.

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