Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7
1 Corinthians 13:6-7
(Continued from Day 6)
“… sometimes you love people because of their imperfections, not their perfections.”
“That’s true, but it’s not easy to do, is it Betty?” Eric says, smiling sadly.
Sarah looks between her grandparents, confused.
“What do you mean granddad?”
Just at that moment, the timer on the oven goes off.
“Oh that will be the biscuits. I’d better go get them out, leave you two ladies to chat.”
As the older gentleman gets up and goes to the kitchen, the smell of freshly-cooked sugar biscuits begins to waft through the house.
“What DID he mean, grandma?”
“Well, love isn’t an easy thing. Our world today tries to pretend that love is about emotions, about how you feel… that it’s okay to feel ‘in love’ one day, and to be ‘out of love’ on another. You’ve probably seen it in the movies, like in Cinderella or in Snow White. In those movies, love is all about beauty, and romance, and happiness. That’s what our world says that love is.
But love… the kind of love that God has for us, and wants for us, isn’t about emotions and happiness. It’s about covenantal love, love that keeps going regardless of the circumstances. Love like this is about commitment, patience, kindness. Love like this is about forgiveness and hope.
I love your grandfather, and he loves me, very much. But I can honestly tell you that there were times when we didn’t like each other very much. It didn’t stop us loving each other, but it did make it harder to do.”
The young girl sits quietly for a minute, processing this revelation. Then, she asks “What did you do, grandma, when it got hard to love each other?”
“We prayed, separately, and then together. We prayed for each other, and we asked God to help us.”
Betty smiled at her granddaughter, and took her small hand in her own.
“We asked God to remind us of how much he loves us, despite how we act towards him.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you love us even when we don’t deserve it.
We thank you that through marriage we have the chance to understand what it means to love through covenant.
May the Holy Spirit help us to understand the truth about love, so that we might seek to live it out anew today, and every day.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance