Love Hardly Notices Repost

     Today I’m sharing with you a repost of a blog from September 2012. Since I have an ongoing battle with unforgiveness, once again this blog spoke to me. I hope it does the same for you.
     To all the faithful readers of this blog, I’m going to be doing reposts for a while and on some weeks perhaps no post at all. I’m working on the final edits on my marriage book, which I hope to have published soon. Please pray God will guide and give me wisdom as I complete this project.
LOVE HARDLY NOTICES

Two evenings ago memories of wrongs recently done to me invaded my mind. Once again anger and hurt reared up. I wanted to move on, but it seemed impossible.

In the middle of the night this phrase came to mind and wouldn’t leave.

“Love… will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.”

In the morning, I thought, How could that be for my situation? And what about worse circumstances in peoples’ lives like abuse and rape? Are these people supposed to “hardly notice” and just keep on loving.

The thought of Jesus on the cross came to mind.

But still I found myself arguing with Scripture. Wait. That particular phrase was from the Living Bible, which is a paraphrase–not a translation.

So I went to the King James Version which said of love:

“It is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil (is not ready to suspect evil)”

I had assigned evil motives on those who had hurt me which I later realized weren’t there.

But still they had sinned against me—in a big way.

My NIV Bible said:

“It is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs.”

I confessed I had been writing down what had been done to me in my journal.

Then I went to the Amplified Bible–the version I turn to again and again. It has been a reliable translation, and I trusted it. What I read obliterated my case for holding on to anger and hurt.

…it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

I read the full verse several times.

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seekingit is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 1 Corinthians 13:5 AMP

I was guilty. Pride led to my falling into anger, excessive hurt, over-reaacting. Even though I had been wronged and hurt, I hurt others by my reaction. And I violated my quest to love unconditionally. Instead of letting love lead, I had allowed anger and hurt to take over.

This truth hit me hard: whenever I start getting proud, thinking I’m better than others, God allows me to fall. This time I fell harder than I have in a long time. God lovingly–through His Word–is showing me where I went wrong.

My prayer is that I learn the lessons God has for me as He’s humbling me and showing me I still have a lot to learn about loving like Him.

This song by Brandon Heath, “Love Never Fails” reminded me this evening of truth about loving others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geVbSntnOd8

 

 

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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One Response to Love Hardly Notices Repost

  1. Joe Callihan says:

    Enjoyed reading. Deep spiritual perspectives and understanding of what Paul tells us about true love. The kind of helpful message, we all from time to time need to review, to keep our feet on the narrow path. So easy to stray in this area of fragile emotions and hurt feelings. satan will give us reasons for the motives of others. Usually lies, rarely true. Regardless, we are to forgive, as we have been forgiven. Not always easy to do. Your messages as always full of spiritual wisdom, which comes from real life experience. God Bless, Joe Callihan .
    P.S. Toward end of this month, I am due for surgery to repair a leaky heart valve, ending the congestive heart failure source. The AFIB and blood clots, will take miracle healing from Father God. NO PROBLEM! My Faith in God’s Perfect Love and plan for my life is strong. I am happy to let you know my book: Testimony of a Miracle Man is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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