Today, I need this. I needed it yesterday, and I know I’ll need it tomorrow. I posted it on my Tumblr, but I need to devote more than just one thought on it today.
As we get older, relationships get more complicated (family, friend, romantic, etc.) and you really have to decide who you want to dedicate time and energy to–who reciprocates and who adds positive energy to your life, recharging you for this life that’s full of ups and downs. But once you do, it still ain’t an easy journey because we’re all human. And no matter what, you need to be able to discern how to be loving in all steps of your walk. It’s the greatest commandment, remember? From the stranger you pass on the street that may need a smile to the long lost friend you haven’t spoken to in a year that may need a listening ear out of the blue. From the family member that gets on that one nerve to the boyfriend/partner/boothang (whatever you wanna call him or her) that doesn’t always speak or hear your primary love language. Love is still the goal.
So here’s the post, with the verses that go along. Happy Tuesday.
1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
To answer before listening— that is folly and shame. The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. – Proverbs 18:13-15
2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.
5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing.
8. Trust without wavering. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.