Monday, June 24, 2013

Achieving Godly Outcomes in Conflicts

Memorizing and Applying 1 Corinthians 13, One Verse per Week Series, Part 4

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The first three verses of the Love Chapter express how important it is to love. Not only do we gain nothing of value, but these verses clearly state we are nothing (a “useless nobody”Amplified) whenever we do anything without love.


This week we begin to focus on how love behaves.


1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

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


“In our dealings with men, however refractory and however unkind and hurting they are, we must exercise the same patience as God exercises with us. Such patience is not the sign of weakness but the sign of strength; it is not defeatism but rather the only way to victory. (Emphasis added)


Do you desire a godly outcome in your relationships? Sometimes it is necessary to resist a knee-jerk reaction, which is almost always difficult. Isn't it?

Look at verse four in the Amplified:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious norboils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily

Prayer:
Father, help me to overcome my sinful reactions when I feel mistreated or misunderstood. Fill me with Your love and patience. And please give me Your perspective when life feels unfair.

This week’s goal:
To respond in love and patience whenever I feel mistreated and when others are blessed (or succeed).

What about you?
  • What part(s) of this verse challenges you the most?
For me, each segment is a challenge! And I can prove it: Visit the archives (beginning August 2011) at the Memorizing Scripture Blog where we set goals to memorize and obey“segment-by-challenging-segment.”

  • Share with us how we can pray for you. (Feel free to use a pseudonym.)

Let me know if you would like a copy of any of these verses and what translation you prefer, by using the comment link below. I will email you these verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. (Be sure to subscribe to the blog, via email).

2 comments:

  1. It is mentally and physically exhausting to continue to harbor resentment against someone who has wronged us. Just let go of the issue, move on psychologically, and pray to God to handle the issue. Bert

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    1. Hi, Hon. I'm so glad you stopped by! Thank you for your comment. But also thank you for all the times you've been patient with me - loving and bearing with me as I continue to learn how to be a better wife! I love you, Bert.

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