Live and Love Out Loud

Welcome to those of you who have popped over due to my devotion running on Proverbs 31 Ministry’s encouragement for today. I’m glad you joined us! Feel free to poke around my site and leave a comment. For the rest of you wondering what the devotion is all about, you can read it here.

Since the devotion is on displaying the characteristics of love listed in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, let’s take a look at them and I’ll toss out a question. Of each of these characteristics, which is hardest for you to flesh out in your daily life with your family, friends and co-workers?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.”

I’ll start off by baring my soul and saying that becoming easily angered comes all too easily for me! But it seems to be only with the members of my own family. I can hold it together when the dry cleaners ruin my new sweater, someone cuts me off in traffic or a friend goofs up my latte order. But if my husband or one of the darlin’ little dependents does something that ruffles my feathers—watch out!! I often have to go before the Lord and ask for a second chance after blowing my stack with someone dwelling within my four walls. Then comes the hard part. Going to that person who was the object of my wrath to choke out the words….”I was wrrr…wrr…wrong. Will you forgive me?”

How about you? When you look at the above list of love’s many characteristics, in what ways is it hard for you to love out loud?

Living, loving and still learning,

Karen

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  • I am running behind a day on reading my daily devotionals. I am a mortgage professional and I work from home with 3 business lines, a cell phone and 4 emails. I talk to all kinds of people with all kinds of issues. I like to think that all day long I practice “Living Love Outloud” but I find that as the day goes on the harder it gets to not ‘keep a record of wrongs’ and it’s that ongoing record that feeds my anger and chips away at my trust, patients and everything else.

    My own personal love seems to run out, but taking time to read and think about what you wrote has reminded me of God’s unending love. When mine is used up I have to tap into His and live it. Thanks, I needed that.