Friday, February 6, 2015

Day Six - love does not dishonor others

Welcome back!  Can you believe we are already on day six of the Love Challenge?  How are you doing?  I don't know about you, but I have been convicted every single day!  I can't tell you how many times I'll be just about to say something and think, "well, that doesn't sound very loving!".  Guess the challenge is working!  :)  I've definitely got lots to work on!  I'm glad you are on this journey with me!  Let's dig in to day six!
Love does not dishonor others.  Other translations and versions describe this characteristic of love as love doesn't force itself on others (The Message), love is not rude (Easy-to-Read Version and the New Living Translation), love is not ill-mannered (Good News Translation), love is not haughty (Living Bible), and love is not crude or indecent (The Voice).

After doing a little research on this particular quality, I sat back from my keyboard with the biggest lump in my throat.  Have you ever said something snarky to someone and quickly followed it with "I'm just sayin'..." or "I'm just being honest." (with a slight eyeroll and a hip popped to one side).  UGH!  I'm so guilty of this!  I have tried to make MYSELF feel better by justifying what I'm saying at the expense of someone else.  This is NOT love!  The person on the other end of my snarkiness definitely doesn't feel love and I definitely don't feel like I'm loving them.  Why do I do this?!  Love doesn't have to tell it like it is.  If it isn't meant to help someone or build someone up, maybe I should just keep those thoughts to myself. I'm not saying this will be easy, but I'm saying it will be worth it!  How many times could God say to me, "I'm just being honest about your behavior - and it stinks!"  But, He would never do that.  He gives us the perfect model of kindness, grace, forgiveness and a whole lot of other things!  I saw a post on Instagram a few days ago that was a huge source of encouragement for me.  It read, "The story isn't about us and our imperfection, it's about Him and His perfection,"  Thanks, She Reads Truth!

Normally we look at other verses in the Bible about our day's theme.  Today we are going to look at the opposite - we are going to see what it says about honoring others.

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Psalm 62:7 (NIV)


Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops;

Proverbs 3:9 (NIV)


The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

Proverbs 3:35 (NIV)


It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Proverbs 20:3 (NIV)


Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 (NIV)


Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4 (NIV)


Don't you just love Proverbs?!  It doesn't leave anything to wonder about but lots to think about!
below are the links to the past few days

Tomorrow will be the half-way point of our challenge!  Come back for love is not self-seeking.  I have a feeling I'm going to be convicted...again!

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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4 comments:

  1. I am guilty of this too...especially to the ones I love the most! And the thing is I never feel good afterwards...the guilt of my words always gets me!

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    1. I feel like those we love the most get the worst of us sometimes. This is one of those things I feel like I will struggle with for the rest of my life. But, if I can just learn to walk away and keep my mouth shut - my family would definitely benefit!!!

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  2. Great food for thought! Thanks for linking up to Awesome Life Friday! We will be pinning this post - can't wait to see what you're sharing this week!

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