How Long Does Love Suffer?

Longsuffering! You have to be kidding! I am having trouble with short suffering. Progress is usually associated with removing obstacles not tolerating or being patient with their removal. If life is all about me then longsuffering will not work.

 

HUMAN LOVE suffers as long as his suffering brings admiration and sympathy and then he abandons. He suffers as a victim.

HOLY SPIRIT LOVE suffers indefinitely out of concern for the other person. He does not draw attention to his personal suffering.He suffers as long as necessary to see change or repentance in the other person. He suffers as a fellow sufferer with Christ  (Phil 3:10). Most of the changes we have seen in peoples lives have come AFTER there has been some longsuffering exhibited.  Am I willing to sufferlong for the good of someone else.

Would you join with me in using the following guide to Processing the truth of longsuffering into our lives? add your entries beside the ones in italics.

TRUTH TO BE PROCESSED–I Corinthians 13:4

KNOW Stage – Observe, record key data,  other scripture, contrast

Example: key words:charity, suffers, longother scripture-Gal  5:23

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UNDERSTAND Stage – Restate without altering the meaning, identify underlying, universal and timeless principle and commands.

Example: look up articles in Google.  charity -meeting peoples needs without expecting anything in return suffers; takes time,comfort,ease emotions, long- indefinitely

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WISDOM Stage – Relate truth to your life in a personal specific plan of action

Example:today I will not retaliate (give up or abandon)  when I experience repeated nagging,teasing, false accusation, rejection, abuse, rebellion, etc.  but will continue to attempt to have person change while continuing to do good and meet his needs

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DO Stage – How I Lived this truth.

Example: Sue lied about me Yes Wrote kind note Brother hit me Yes Refused to retaliate

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(Repeat this process until it is the autoresponse)

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