Love is Easy Until it Demands Something from Us

It may seem absurd to say that love demands something from us;  but this morning as I was reading 1Corinthians 13: 4-7(ESV)  I could not think otherwise.

Please read these verses with all attention as if you had never read them before:

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

 

Love is easy until…
It demands from me patience,
Until it demands from a me kind attitude,
Every day, every time, over and over again.
Love is easy until…
It calls me not to envy,
Or boast.
Love is easy until…
It demands from me humility,
And not arrogance.
It is easy until it doesn’t call me
To ask for forgiveness,
And set aside all rudeness.
Love is easy until…
It demands that I should die,
That I should not insist on my own way of doing things.
It is easy until it calls me to leave aside
my own “rights” for the sake of the ones I love.
Love is easy until…
It demands self control from me,
Until it calls me not to be irritable,
Until it calls me not to be resentful.
Love is easy until…
It demands that I should not rejoice at any wrongdoing,
It is easy until it calls me to love truth,
Even though this would mean admitting
That I am wrong.
Love is easy until…
It demands from me to bear all things,
yes, all things,
every one of them.
Love is easy until…
It demands from me to believe all things,
To Hope all things,
To Endure all things.
This is the only kind of love that never ends.

Becky

7 thoughts on “Love is Easy Until it Demands Something from Us

  1. Becky,
    Nice restatement…a blessing. Isn't it true, that it's not the big things of love that get us –
    it's the little ones. But it is in these ways we can be light – Thanks be to God that we are not what we were and we hope to one day be as him.
    Love to you,
    Jojo

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  2. So, in other words… love is not easy at all! 🙂 We should all be left wondering “Why choose to love at all?” just as the Pharisees ask, “why get married if there is no divorce?” And yet, the love of Christ compels us. What a perfect and loving Savior we serve, worthy of the best from us, worthy of our emulation. Thanks for the encouragement!

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