LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND. IT DOES NOT ENVY, IT DOES NOT BOAST, IT IS NOT PROUD. IT IS NOT RUDE, IT IS NOT SELF-SEEKING, IT IS NOT EASILY ANGERED, IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH. IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES, NEVER FAILS
(1 Corinthians 13:1-7).
How do you love when someone is unkind to you…when someone sets forth his own weakness…when someone’s love fails you?
When someone is unkind to you, do not delight in the evil that was done, but help that person to REJOICE WITH THE TRUTH. You see, when someone fails you, that person’s heart is hurting, because his heart is filled with negative, destructive beliefs from the father-of-lies. All kinds of thoughts are swimming through his mind, “I am not good enough. I am not loved. I have no purpose.” He might even be upset at you, because he feels that God favors you above him. Then, he becomes easily angered, rude, and self-seeking, as he tries to fix the negative, destructive beliefs in his heart with evil solutions.
What do YOU do when someone’s love fails you? What do you do about the evil thoughts in your heart with which the father-of-lies tempts YOU: that YOU are not good enough…that YOU are not loved…that YOU have no purpose? Do you try to fix evil beliefs with evil solutions, too, by becoming angry, self-seeking, and rude? Or do you rejoice with the Truth?
Has someone’s love failed you? Know that your FACTS about the incident are probably true, but your INTERPRETATIONS about the event are most probably false. Why? You have an enemy—the father-of-lies. His weapon is deception: the principle of luring you into beliefs that are not true. And these negative beliefs are the reason for the pain in your heart…not the facts.
When someone’s love fails you, rejoice with the TRUTH. Lay your conclusions about the event at God’s feet, and ask Him for HIS PERSPECTIVE, instead! You will be surprised at the results.
Remember, even if someone’s love fails you, YOU can choose to love him or her with God’s Love that never fails—Love that is kind, gentle, and patient, Love this is not self-seeking, not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs, Love that always protects, always hopes, and always perseveres. YOU always have a choice!
PRAYER: Lord God, fill me with Your Love that never fails, that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres, that does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the Truth.
Maintain an Awareness
The goal of the father-of-lies is to fill us with a system of beliefs, so that we would fill our Selves with another system of beliefs that would correct the first system of beliefs.