“Long-Suffering” ( 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5, KJV ) by Carley Evans

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Can you see yourself suffering for a long time under the abuse of a wife or husband? Can you see yourself being only kind to that person? Can you see yourself not envying your neighbor whose wife apparently treats him like a king? Can you imagine never seeking your own welfare? Can you imagine not being easily provoked and not thinking evil of the spouse who abuses you? Can you not think more highly of yourself because you live under the thumb of an abusive spouse?

4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.”

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    Wow! Impacting message here, Carley. You describe well the great gulf between where we are and where God is taking us… in Christ. God bless, good friend.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Yes, even I found this one convicting! God’s ways are definitely not our ways. His expectations are awesome! God bless you, too dear friend. Carley

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Art Profiles World.

  3. lambskinny says:

    And thanks Middle Age Ramblings! Blessings!

  4. lambskinny says:

    “Amen!!! “Charity suffereth long…….” Suffering for a long time is what the bible commands. We also need to look critically at issues involved in the suffering process as some matters are almost inconceivable. Depending on issues, wisdom & understanding should also be applied.To start with, I can say many get into marriages for very wrong reasons. The bible declares ‘The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…….’ There’s abuse and there’s evil & wickedness. These are distinct and separate. None is good or acceptable. From my knowledge, an act of wickedness/evil seeks to kill its targeted victim. These acts are numerous and may include factors such as deliberate poisoning, voodoo practices/black magic etc of the spouse. GOD who ordained marriages, never intended that these acts of abuse, evil/wickedness should be part of the marriage. Marriage is meant to be a loving relationship and not one where a partner seeks to destroy or kill the other. God himself hates every form of abuse and idolatry. Any party in marriage who engages in acts of evil/wickedness, has already broken the marriage covenant. I have come across several instances where a spouse employed diabolical means to kill their partner for various reasons such as taking over their property etc. Obviously this is not the mind of GOD concerning marriages. Marital issues are different from area to area but in some, remaining in the relationship may pose a high risk of loss of life. Having said that, we should forgive every wrong done as the word of God commands and at the same time apply wisdom.”
    (Susan Effanga – a FB friend of mine)

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