How does this play into practical life experiences? Barbara and I sometimes sit down and make a list of feelings that frequently pop up but are not in alignment with what the spirit has brought to us (love, joy, peace, patience etc.)
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Where it all started for us“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.” - I Corinthians 13:4-8
This is a daily challenge, and it’s difficult when undertaken alone. Each step is easier when made as part of a community of believers who encourage one another and hold one another accountable. Realizing this truth is only the beginning.
It was a long journey once I realized how little I understood the idea of love. I discovered patterns and habits that were controlling my behavior, and I simply did not make the choice to love. Creating new patterns was a conscious decision to be made every day.
I felt that the abundant life could be summarized by financial success. I achieved all of the success that I could have hoped for in my business and personal pursuits. But my big plan, which was going so well, left me unprepared for the challenge of leading my family through difficulty. I realized that I … Continued
I am absolutely, over-the-top amazed at the joy in my life now. I’ve talked about the importance of introspection and loving: Jesus commanded us to love one another in John 13:35, but that took me on to 1 Corinthians 13:4. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love … Continued