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Day 12 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

1 Corinthians 13:5 NLT

‘It [love] does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.’

How does love insist on its own way, for this is surely counterintuitive to the very DNA of love? Love is surely living primarily for the other. Yet we all too often ensure that we take care of our own interests first.

Irritability is ever-present in a close relationship. It requires both my attention and my close self-management. When I fail, then it operates in a wounding way. So Mum has a doctor’s appointment and we are in the car ready to go, and my neighbour catches me over the fence and we begin a conversation as I’m getting into the driver’s seat. Mum snaps, “For goodness’ sake, I have a doctor’s appointment and an injection. Can’t we just get going?” She is irritated, no doubt fuelled by anxiety about her injection. I jump in. My neighbour jokes, “Just the taxi service, are we?” I drive off, feeling irritated, and resentful, since I spend my life making Mum’s appointments and then accompanying her on each and every one.

So, now irritated, I fail to manage myself and drive too fast. Mum announces she’s scared, that she has hit her arm on the door as I turned a corner, and we arrive at the doctor’s both upset, to the extent that as she gets out of the car at the drop-off point, before I proceed and park, she announces, “You are a really horrible person!”

She’s right. The most theologically correct statement she might ever make. I am horrible. So is she, so we all are. It’s God’s grace that is there to help me manage my horribleness. When I fail or choose not to draw upon that grace, then exchanges such as we experienced take place. Such experiences create atmospheres and reinforce existing glass walls. We’re still early for the appointment and wait with an uncomfortable atmosphere between us. With over 150 years of life experience, we choose to behave as spoilt kids! We still love each other, without feeling it.

QUESTION: Who irritates you and how, when and why? What is it you resent about those closest to you?

PRAYER: Lord, I am so glad that you have kept no record of my wrongs. Help me love others in the way you have loved me.

Written by: Matt Weet

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