True Love Endures

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (TPT) Love is large and incredibly patient…

Beloved, love is bigger than you know. It is able to withstand trials and the fires of disappointment. It stands fast in the face of hardship and even betrayal. Love is a choice. Love reflects My heart.

Will you choose to be like Me – love like Me – even in the face of adversity? Will you love patiently in the face of intentional wounding? Be My hands and feet. Love unconditionally. Love is an action not a feeling that is fickle and changes based on circumstance, true love endures.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (TPT) Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving. It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away. It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten.

Note: this is the first time I’ve felt lead to include a disclaimer of sorts, but I sensed His nudge to do so. Loving unconditionally does not have to be done up close. If someone is physically harming you, love does not mandate staying and enduring that abuse, but rather refusing to accept their behavior constitutes who they are and how they were made, refusing to believe they are without value, and continuing to pray for them. None of those things require being in harm’s way. I trust Father will give you specific instructions for your situation and I pray for His peace to reign in your heart.

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