10 Ways To Love Without LimitsJessica Griggs
As the Bible says in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” So, how do we love? We know from 1 Corinthians that love is patient, kind, not envious or boastful, etc. But how do we apply this knowledge to our lives? I don’t know about you, but being patient doesn’t come naturally, and I can be kind, but only if you are willing to reciprocate. Here are a few practical steps we can all take to love better!
Listen without interrupting.
This one is difficult for me, for a few reasons. First and foremost, I think I have a hard time with this because I am impatient, and I catch myself finishing people’s sentences. I’ve gotten better, but the struggle is real. Secondly, I find myself wanting to fix people. I think as Christians we all wrestle with this from time to time. You see a friend going through suffering, and you just know that if they surrendered the situation to God, they would experience such fulfillment and freedom. So you load them up with scripture and prayers, and you feel pretty good about yourself. In reality, your friend might just need someone to listen, not to jump to conclusions, or for you to assume you are more equipped to handle the situation than they are. You probably mean well, but before you respond… listen.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. – Proverbs 18:13