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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Celebration comes out of perseverance

by Pam Roth
I Corinthians 13:4 - 7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil; but rejoices with the truth. It always protects always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

All of us at one time or another have heard this passage of scripture read at a wedding or preached in a sermon series on marriage.  They are beautiful and uplifting verses; but it doesn’t always happen in a marriage or other personal relationships.  In the marriages I’ve observed, there seems to be ups and downs...good days and not so good days...pride to overcome or forgiveness to be given.  It’s kind of like trying to live by the Ten Commandments.

When I think of these verses, I have to stop and think of a marriage that I have watched for sixty-five years - the marriage of my parents.  Has love always been patient, kind, not self seeking or rude?  Well, the answer to that question is a resounding, “no;” but has it persevered - the answer is “yes.”  

In June, my parents will celebrate sixty-five years of “hanging in there together.” It will be a time to share with family and friends.  It will be a day to remember.  A day to celebrate!  

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the thought that celebration comes out of sacrifice and today, out of perseverance.  These are two qualities that most of us will experience throughout our lifetime.  Both - sacrifice and perseverance - do not come without challenges that cause us to grow in our emotional and spiritual lives.  

Be encouraged, keep moving forward and keep growing.  So here’s some questions for you to consider this week:

How are you doing with the verses shared in this article?

How do you keep your pride and anger in check?

What keeps you going?

Who do you count on to help you persevere?

What are you looking forward to celebrating in the near future?

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1 comment:

  1. What a sweet romance.... your parents are a testament to perseverance in love and life!

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