“Love endures long and is patient and kind…” (1 Corinthians 13:4). These words were chosen to be used interchangeably and on purpose. Webster Dictionary defines “Endure” as “to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in: suffer or to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding<though it is difficult”. Love is tested in ways that one never expects because love is supposed to be after all a beautiful thing. “Patient” is defined according to Webster as “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint and steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity”. According to the definition we are to bear (be able to withstand) the pain and trials “calmly” and “without complaint”. If you are this individual, please take a bow. This has by far been the most difficult attribute that I have been able to attain => enduring hardship and patiently able to calmly go through trials that so easily besets me to the point of dissolving in my own whirlwind of shattered emotions. Lastly, we define “Kind” according to Webster, “of a forbearing nature: gentle”. Through the hardship, pain, trials, and difficulties we are to still exercise being gentle. My conversations with the Lord usually go a little something like this, “Lord, help me with the emotions that are perplexing me. What do I do with these emotions of sadness, hurt, rejection, cast away, betrayal, and loneliness? How do I exercise this enduring process with patience and kindness? How do I suffer with dignity and with integrity when my flesh wants to react? How do I stop the flow of tears that seem to flow freely from me as I try to restrain? How do I walk out kindness when it seems unfair?”
I have learned through my many, many bouts of pain that it does pass. When we yield ourselves to God to heal us from pain and the difficulties of life that sometimes baffles us, we must trust that He heals! I have learned to take ALL my cares to the Lord because He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7). The Amplified Bible says this: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” Pay special attention the key word: “ALL”! Isn’t that worth running to the throne and pouring out your heart to the Lord? I will be the first to tell you that you may not feel any better about your situation and you may have to go back again and again to the throne, but each time you go back, please know that Jesus is interceding to the Father on your behalf. Reach a place within yourself that you will receive His peace that is so readily available to you. Ask God to grant you strength to endure, grant you patience to be able to bear these trials, and His will to walk out kindness. The main component is => FORGIVENESS. To love is to forgive and to forgive is to love. Stay tuned…blessings.