The only hope for a family to survive and thrive through any relational challenge, sudden trauma, and/or chronic pain is through unconditional love. 1 Cor. 13:4-7
agape = sacrificial love
Piece #2 (in the Under Construction, Piecing Together a Healthy Family series):
"kindness" patience in public/in action, useful
"does not envy/jealous" James 4:2
"is not arrogant"
** "is not rude" give vent to feelings, no restraint, family bully ---> love is sensitive to other
** "does not insist on its own way" gives, serves, John 3:16, doesn't pout Phil 2:2-3
** "is not irritable" (no provoked)
"is not resentful" does not keep a record of wrongs
forgives and lets go
"does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the Truth"
elephant in the room
vv ACTIVITY vv
"love bears" covering, concealing, protecting, supports, believes faithfulness, trustworthy
no giving up, hopes, choose to believe, joy, optimism, confidence
A wrong done against love is like a spark quenched in the ocean. -Chrysotom
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
19 We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
GOD IS LOVE.
You can substitute "God" in every place that "Love" is written in 1 Corinthians.
God is patient and kind
God does not envy or boast.
God is not arrogant or rude.
God does not insist on His own way. (I'm thinking human will.)
God is not irritable or resentful. (Sad at sin, maybe, but not these things.)
God does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but God rejoiced in the Truth.
God bears all things, God believes all things, God hopes all things, God endures all things.