Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
“Love never fails.” These words are two thousand years old and yet they are as important today as they were then.
What is love? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” [1 Corinthians 13:4-8]
If you wanna have a “love never fails” relationship it’s gonna require work; a lot of work. It’s gonna take commitment; a commitment to shared power and shared responsibility. Love, romantic love, involves shared power and shared responsibility including oneness. Gary Smalley wrote:
7. Oneness does not mean that one mate dominates the other or that the stronger controls the weaker.
Shared power; shared responsibility.
A “love never fails” relationship requires:
– A commitment to love patiently when you’d rather get your way.
– Loving kindly when you’d rather be crabby.
– Giving when you’d rather get.
– Loving sacrificially when you’d rather be selfish.
– Loving peacefully when you’d rather win the fight.
– Loving honestly when you’d rather make excuses.
Love “always trusts, always hopes, and always remains strong. Love never fails.”
Relationships can be many things, but if they fail…it was not love!
We can do many things but we have no power to make “love never fails” happen. We need God!!
In order to honor God I have a challenge for you. Make 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 your prayer. Ask God to make it a reality in your life.
Do you know of practical meaningful changes that you should choose? Are you uncertain of what to do first?
Leo Babauta, writer of Zen Habits, wrote “an easy guide to forming new habits” that I recommend:
* Do one habit at a time.
* Make it easy to do.
* Do it consciously, very consciously at first.
* Don’t allow any exceptions.
* Post your progress publicly.
* Keep doing it, every single day.
* Enjoy the habit.
Forming a habit can be easy, if you enjoy it, take it slowly, and do it mindfully.