Love endures all things

Photo by Polson at sxc.hu
Photo by Polson at sxc.hu

In a heated moment with your spouse or family member it seems that love is the last thing one thinks about. But scripture tells us it should always be what motivates our actions. Unfortunately, our natural inclinations are what take over and the argument gets worse. I recently had such an incident and when things got heated, well I just hung up the phone. Perhaps that was not the best thing to do but it helped me to cool down and not say something I would regret later on. I love that person very much, and have since apologized for my actions I just hope that she has forgiven me.

God has gifted each and every one of us with attributes and different personalities. Then through the power of the Holy Spirit, he gives us certain spiritual gifts. Love is one of them and that is the most important. Great faith or acts of dedication, or sacrifice and miracle working power have little or no effect without Love. Love makes our actions and those other gifts useful. Even though everyone has different gifts, Love is available to all.

In our society today people confuse love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is unconditional and directed in outward ways toward others, with lust it’s directed inward taking on a selfish nature. God’s love is totally unselfish. This goes against our natural instincts. That is why when arguing with a loved one, the first thing we want to do is strike back or get even. God has so graciously given us self-control, and his words in scripture to use as ways to help us get through those tough times without striking back or being hurtful. There are many ways to disagree and get your point across without being hurtful. When you are wanting to act on those feelings of anger go back and read - I Corinthians: 13 4-7 and refresh yourself.

In our morally corrupt world love has become a mixed up term with little meaning. You can see it in young people today, they are confused and do not know the meaning of love. To truly love others we need to have God’s love in us. That means a personal relationship with his son Jesus Christ who died for us. It’s simple and not very complicated, but the world has made it seem so.

Love is the greatest of all human qualities, it’s an attribute of God himself. I John 4:8 says “Love involves unselfish service to others, to show it shows evidence you care”. Faith is the very foundation and content of God’s message, Hope is the attitude and focus, Love is the action. When these are all in line, you are free to Love completely, because only then can you understand how God loves.


Me and my sweetie on our wedding day!
Me and my sweetie on our wedding day!

The Loves in my life.........

The photo is of me and my husband Larry on our way to the chapel in Reno to get married. We have been married for close to 12 years now and I have to say that it just keeps getting better. We are both older of course but the love that we share is beyond anything I could ever have imagined. He is a wonderful man and I enjoy spending time and caring for him so much. He is my friend, my inspiration and my life companion - I consider myself truly blessed. I was also married for 26 years prior to Larry. I have to say that in that marriage I walked away with three awesome children who are truly a gift from Almighty God. My ex-husband is now my friend and he has since found a love in his life as well. We still communicate and see each other at our grand babies birthday parties.

I feel so blessed with the family that has been placed in my care. With four beautiful sisters, two brothers, my dear mother, three grown children and 9 grandchildren - what else can a person ask for. I pray that my love for them will always outshine any bad or ill feelings that may get in the way.

This Valentine’s Day treat that special someone extra nice, by doing little things they love and making them feel like they are the only thing in the world that matters to you. Share the love God has placed in your heart with others around you – and start seeing the blessings overflow in your life.

Cheers!

Source

1 Corinthians:13 4-7

This is one of my favorite bible verses:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand it's own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never looses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

There are three things that will endure - Faith, Hope, and the greatest of these is LOVE!


My favorite song by Dolly

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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Awesome awesome I couldn't have said it better than that. You and Larry look so happy in that picture and as always you look beautiful. Hope all goes well with the one you had the dissagreement with. I will be praying for it. Cheers.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you sis, I appreciate your comments and your prayers are welcome. Blessings and Happy Valentines Day to you and your sweetie.


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Joshua Kell 5 years ago from Arizona

Loved your article. It was lovely. My Uncle Kenny (RIP), and aunt Bobby live on Whidbey Island. I sure do love Island life. Thanks again.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Joshua, glad you enjoyed the article, appreciate your comments. We love Island living too, Whidbey Island has such a carefree lifestyle and is so beautiful too. Cheers!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I've always loved I Cor. 13.

And I remember sitting on the Administation Building steps on Wednesday evenings when students collected to sing. A favorite was "Angry Words" - it went on, ". . . oh, let them never from the tonge, unbridled slip. . . " It warms my heart to remember.

Angry words!

O let them never,?

From the tongue unbridled slip,?

May the heart’s best impulse ever,?

Check them ere they soil the lip.??

Refrain?:

?Love one another thus saith the Savior,

?Children obey the Father’s blest command,

?Love each other, love each other,?

’Tis the Father’s blest command.

??Love is much too pure and holy,

?Friendship is too sacred far,

?For a moment’s reckless folly,

?Thus to desolate and mar.??

Refrain?

?Angry words are lightly spoken,?

Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,

?Brightest links of life are broken,

?By a single angry word.?

?Refrain

I may have taken it too much to heart. I married an angry, cruel man and never replied in kind. 18 years later, I barely escaped with my whole life.

But I knew that what really mattered to me was intact, in spite of all of it. The only reget was my poor choice, not my behavior in it.

Thanks for a good hub, Whidbeywriter.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hello Nellieanna, what a lovely song this is, thank you so much for sharing. I am glad you are out of that relationship, and believe me when I say I truly understand what you are saying. Blessings to you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you! It ended nearly 40 years ago, so I'm well past it.


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freshlaundry71 5 years ago

Great view on Love!!! You look very happy and content!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you freshlaundry71 I appreciate that, thanks for stopping in - cheers!


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perfectperception 5 years ago from USA

I agree! Love is supposed to endure all things and God is the perfect example of HOW we should love. Thanks for sharing


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi perfectperception, thanks for your stopping in and your comments. Totally agree - we are supposed to love others as he has loved us.....blessings!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

You and your husband look like a perfect couple—not meaning you are perfect individually but that you look perfectly matched and happy with each other. What a blessing that is!

I loved your Hub. You are right on. You wrote two especially powerful sentences:

"In our society today people confuse love and lust."

"In our morally corrupt world love has become a mixed up term with little meaning."

Wow! That is profound. Amen! And thank you.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

James - hello it is always such a blessing to see you at one of my hubs. Thank you for the nice comments, I believe God had a lot to do with bringing me and my husband together and for that I will be always grateful. Yes the worlds view of love is so distorted anymore - blessings to you!


crissalina 2 years ago

i love that song too. and islands in the stream is great too

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