Reflections4Life May 31, 2015
“Love Does Not Hurt”
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:5-8
Scripture Contemplation: 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5; 1 John 5…
I am certain many will disagree with me. But the truth is: Love. Love itself does not hurt. But endures and brings hope, as well healing. People "hurt" people. We hurt ourselves and others and still say we love you. Whereby, whenever we love it is immediately associated with hurt and disappointment. Which leaves us guarded and unable to be vulnerable or to love completely and unconditionally in any of our relationships.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. Whatever you believe you know about love, let God teach you. Allow the Father to show you, Himself. For He is love. And through him we learn how to truly love.
When we are hurt by someone who says they love us, we sometimes unknowingly shut a part of hearts down. That part that allows love to move freely and grow. That part that loves unconditionally. And sometimes we consciously make a decision to never let someone in close enough to hurt us again.
We do a lot a damage in the name of love. But love had nothing to do with it. Love does not hurt. It heals. Love is not disrespectful or disregarding. Love cares and shows concern. It brings hope in dark places. Love is not reckless or careless or in a rush. Love takes it time. It is thoughtful and kind. Love does not tear down and destroy. Love builds and restores. Love does not blame or keep score. Love is unconditional, forgives and moves on. Love is action. It is compassionate as well as passionate. Love is God.
In our lives, we will be disappointed. And yes we will be hurt at sometimes. However, when you have love, understand unconditional love; it teaches you how to navigate life's journey. How to go through a storm. How to continue to love in spite of it all. It also teaches you how to be strong, how to endure, and to move on.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Love is many things; powerful above all. But remember: Love does not hurt; people hurt people. Love endures; it is patient and kind. Love—real, sincere, true love—brings healing and is unconditional, as well as wise. You are blessed. Now go and be a blessing!
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