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"Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion's carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey, which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion's carcass." Judges 14:8-9
Love chooses to do what's in the best interest of another.
Isn't that just so contrary to everything the world shouts at us.
I was on campus the other day waiting to meet some girls I disciple. A the table next to me there were 3 people talking about a relationship problem. One of the girls was having issues and wanted to talk to the person about it, so she was practicing what she would say on the other two. The two friends were very gracious and gentle. But not loving.
This girl was digging a grave for this relationship by what she was saying. Basically, doing all the things you shouldn't do in communicating: Use "you" statements instead of "I", blame the other person while assuming their motives, don't actually ever get to the action point of what you would like to see different, use always and never...
So there I was, sitting probably 1 or 2 feet away. Do I say something? Do I step in and give a little training of how to communicate? (Austin and I have done numerous training's on this, here's the gist) But wouldn't that be so awkward!? I suppose if you were super tactful you could pull it off. But I'm just not.
Anyway, love says the hard thing, love does the uncomfortable thing. God says love is a choice and feelings follow. God says love chooses patience, kindness, contentment, humility, honor, forgiveness, truth, protection, trust, hope and perseverance. (1 Cor.13:4-7)
And the opposite of love is self-pleasing, what Samson is an example of. Samson's Nazarite vow, given to him by God, said he was not to come in contact with anything dead. Yet here he is scooping the pleasing out of a dead animal. He put his own desires above choosing to do what's right, above obeying the Lord and above love.
So what do these verses show me about the Lord? That He is love. That He always has and always will choose to do what's in our best interest. Always. He will always choose to act patient, kind, humbly, honoring, forgiving, honest, hopeful to me because He see's me through the perfection of Christ. His great love for me and for You shows not how great we are, but how great He is.
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