Love is Patient
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4.2
LOVE WORKS! It is life's most powerful motivator. It always does what's best for others and can empower us to face the greatest of problems. Relationships become meaningful with it. Marriages are unsuccessful without it.
Love is built on two pillars PATIENCE and KINDNESS. All other characteristics of love are extensions of these two attributes.
Love will inspire you to become a patient person. When you CHOOSE to be patient, you respond in a positive way to a negative situation. You CHOSE to be slow to anger. Anger is usually caused when a strong desire for something is mixed with disappointment or grief. It is often an emotional reaction that flows out of our selfishness, foolishness or evil motives. Anger almost never makes things better where as patience brings an internal calm during an external storm.
Patience is a CHOICE to cotrol your emotions rather than allowing your emotions to control you, and shows discretion instead of returning evil for evil.
Patience is where LOVE meets WISDOM.
What would the tone and volume of your home be if you tried this biblical approach: "See that no one repays another with evil fr evil but always seek after that which is good for one another." I Thes. 5.15
Few of us do patience well. None of us do it naturally. Resolve today to possess PATIENCE!
The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.
Tomorrow, before you start Day 2's challenge you can comment on how today went... If you succeeded in the challenge and what God may have done as you choose to Lead your Heart instead of follow it.