Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018
“[Love] is not irritable or resentful.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio. I can’t think of a time I’ve seen her when she wasn’t cheerful and kind. I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I’m a bit irritable.
The idea of love not being irritable primarily can be related back to the statement right before this, that love doesn’t insist on its own way. Most of the time we get irritable is because we aren’t getting our own way…or for some, they just haven’t had their coffee yet. When we are humble and seek the good of others (and aren’t in caffeine withdrawal), it’s a lot easier to stay cheerful and encouraging.
Being resentful, on the other hand, is more about forgiveness. Yes, we might be resentful because someone else got their way instead of us, but resentment really comes from holding onto a grudge. We get mad towards someone about something and, instead of forgiving them, we hold onto that anger. That leads to us becoming resentful towards that person. Love forgives.
As with all these aspects of love, we can find this most fulfilled in Jesus, who, as He was still hanging on the cross dying, looked out at the people who were killing Him and said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” How many times have we fallen into sin? And yet Jesus, instead of being resentful towards us, forgives us and renews a right Spirit within us.
May we, like Jesus, seek the welfare of others and forgive even while we are being wronged.