1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love suffers long, and is kind…”
This verse is the start of the definition of the God-kind of love. It says love suffers long. Love does not give up easily on others. It endures troubles and difficult times. It is slow to anger, slow to accuse. Love suffers because instead of acting rashly, it holds back and thinks, and thinks, and thinks before acting and speaking. Love values the relationships so it endures and perseveres, continuing to believe the good; and because of that, acts kindly instead of with judgement or condemnation. This is how God loves and how He wants us to love. The only way we can love this way is our minds must think the way He does so we don’t act out of our own issues or fears, so we can look at others the way He does – without judgement, only acceptance. And the only way we can think, feel and act like Him is when His Holy Spirit transforms us.
“I cannot do this in my strength or willpower, Abba. I lean on Your grace and power to be a reflection of You in this world. I ask this in the Name of Jesus, amen.”