Love “is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil”. (1 Corinthians 13:5/KJV).
Here is yet another post on anger and being overly sensitive. The phrase immediately following in 1 Corinthians 13:5 inspires me for today’s post.
How can we avoid being insecure and irritable? I guess some key would be in our way of thinking.
- What do you consider important? What are your priorities?
- What are your goals in life? How do you plan to achieve these goals?
- What do you need to feel secure and happy? What are your ways to recover your strength?
All this has something to do with your thoughts. We all adhere to concepts that we hold true. These have a considerable effect on our behavior and our emotions.
Admittedly, this is somewhat psychological today. Actually, psychologists in counseling may try to find out and fathom such underlying ideas their clients accept as factual.
However, what I am writing today is not only for social scientists, doctors and the mentally ill. Any Christian reading the bible will come across the challenge to reconsider his or her way of thinking.
Take for example Romans 12: 2: ”And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (KJV).
Or again have a look at 1 Corinthians 13:5. Perhaps take the Amplified Version: Love “is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]”. Are you giving enough room to love thoughts in your life? Love motives may help you cope with various situations.
The apostle Paul here is devoting a whole chapter to the issue of love. He just has been encouraging believers to go after the ability to help others grow in faith (chapter 12). Then he has begun to stress the overall importance of love.
How to attain unto that kind of love described by the apostle?
One vital step certainly would be to pray for it. Ask God that He might teach you that kind of love.
Ask God to forgive your sins. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Be teachable and study the bible.
Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (cf. Galatians 5:22). Do whatever helps you grow in faith and become more sensitive to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit!