Love is not easily provoked!

BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:58

Love is a gift from God. It is the most valuable substance that can transform a person, open his eyes, change his motives and goals, and put him on the road to suffering for the wrong doings of his loved ones. In our days, the concept of love is greatly mistaken and in many cases abused. We hear, “I love this, I love that, I love you, I love my shoes.” Generally speaking, it often means give, give, give me! True love doesn’t ask for rewards, it came from Heaven to suffer for those He loved.The Bible says it comes from God and it is everlasting, just like God who is a being saturated in love.

 

When I read that love is not easily provoked, I wonder in amazement and tremble in realization of how short and how far we are from the standard of that Holy, mature love that is based on character rather than feelings. Not easily provoked. Yes not easily provoked for envy or jealousy, for bitterness or unforgiving, for lack of trust or respect. It is nearly impossible to force a loving person to give up and walk away from the ones he loves. It’s a love that a true believer is supposed to have, even for an enemy that tortures the body or kills a loved one. How much more does it cover small things of everyday life!

1 Corinthians 13 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

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