1 CORINTHIANS 13:5-6
“[Love] does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth”
How easy is it to let fear and control slip into our relationships? When outside influences stir up irritation or when we are left with unmet expectations, we can resort to petty responses. These types of situations can breed discomfort and resentment. If our goal is to love, why do we fall so easily into negative feelings towards others and ourselves? Emotions are a great follower, but they stink as a leader. Ultimately, fear is the opposite of love, not hate (See 1 John 4:18). When fear gets in the way of love, what can we do? We might be tempted to agree with the devil’s thoughts over someone instead of genuinely asking God to see them as He does. First, it’s helpful to take a pause and breathe. Then, ask the Lord for His love to replace your feelings. It may take some time for your emotions to align with the Truth, but it’s always the best choice to choose love.
"FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE."
LORD, your love perfects me daily. Please forgive me for believing my feelings and not your Truth. Please help me to be quick to choose love. Please help me to discern the voices in my head and to obey your Holy Spirit. I can’t rejoice with the Truth if I don’t even know what it is. Please help me to seek your will above my own.