Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love has a distinct way about it that never insists on its own way. It shows through as God always allows us to do what we wish. We can blatantly look God in the face and say no. Look in all of creation. What other thing has that opportunity? Our free will doesn’t just impact our relationship with God, it also alters how we relate with others. What you do can be done with complete disregard for another person.
As we go through our day, how often do we stop to think about what we can be doing to help others out. Not only this, but how often do we stop and think about how what we do effects those around us. When we so often insist that something is the best for all of us.
Love never insists on its own way. With that being said, we must then be aware of what is best for the other person. We have to be in better communication with those that around us, learning what might be better for them. We must learn to be willing to change our plans or even do things we don’t like to love someone. This goes for both God and people. God may call us to something we don’t like and we assume it isn’t from Him because He would only ask us to do something we would like. In the same way, sometimes people need things from us that we don’t feel comfortable doing. People may have better ideas than you do, so we need to listen. It’s ungodly to pass by someones thought and assume yours is the best. A true person of God loves every individual, values every opinion, and listens carefully.
- Think about a time when your opinion wasn't heard. Would it have made the end results better if they had listened?
- Compare that with a time someone had a better idea than you. How did it make you feel? Why do you think it made you feel that way?