gentle love

Day 284 Love suffers long and is kind

When I saw these colours in the evening sky I thought of the word love, a very gentle love that waits patiently.

It is hard to exhort the glory of God somedays, especially when you know that someone is ill and is suffering. In a world of pain and suffering, I feel pain when I see people suffer. I feel compassion for them and I pray, but sometimes this feeling turns into hopelessness. Is this the enemy trying to sow seeds of doubt.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Ephesians 4:2

with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love.

Sometimes I feel that we must bear these pains of anguish and wait on the Lord. Ask Him to act and if the suffering continues we must patiently wait on the Lord’s answer. But what if the answer seems to be “no”?  Paul says that Love is to suffer long. Perhaps God is provoking us to pray in the Spirit, rather than just recite words that mean nothing.

This morning I dwelt too much on this what seems to be an inaction on God’s behalf to answer our prayers, and I may have been very self withdrawn just trying to get through the motions. Love is bearing with one another. Sometimes people have to bear along with my over optimistic side, and then my complete opposite character. Above all we must not lose site to the fact that God is love, and we must be patient in waiting for His answers to life’s questions and dilemmas. Ask in hope, a hope that if we truly feel compassion for people on this earth, then we will act for them, bear their pain and produce fruits for the glory of God.

Dear Father, forgive my foolish ways.
Help me to bear the pain of others so that they shall not be overwhelmed by that pain.
Come Lord Jesus, heal your kingdom.
Guide me Holy Spirit and never leave my heart.

Amen

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