Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
In his article What Love Does and Does Not Do, John Piper stated, “that wherever there is love there is pain—love suffers long.” Any parent can attest to this fact. We love our children and we do everything within our power to protect and guide them; yet they will at some point in time – and many more times – cause us pain. God, our Father, loved us so much that He gave His own Son to die on a cross – to suffer for our sins. Love suffers long, but He believed us to be worth the sacrifice.
Piper went on to say that, “At the core of love is a self-sacrificing pursuit of the beloved’s greatest good. Love saves. Love rescues. Love helps. And it does so, if necessary, at cost to the lover.” What I’m discovering through this experience is that my love for this person is stronger than the anger that has resulted from this experience. It is through that love that I am able to endure. I’m willing to accept the sacrifice.