Today I listened to my father discuss tolerance during church today. He made a very interesting point in how it related to love. He said that tolerance is closely related to love. When he said this, he referenced 1Corinthians 13:7. That particular verse says this:
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things ensures all things.1 Corinthians 13:7, NET
What I took from that, and chose to reflect on that and how it related to my current life, is two things:
1. The love I have for myself needs to mimic the way love was described in the Bible, and
2. I will not tolerate anything less in love, than what is stated in this verse.
I came to this conclusion because if I cannot see this love in myself, then I cannot expect anyone else to see that I love myself this strongly and I take love this seriously.
I also feel that if I am receiving love from someone, and if it is not described like this, and if a person who loves does not stand by this; do I even want it?
Why would anyone want to tolerate love that does not come close to how love is described in this passage? Why would anyone not strive to want to love someone else or themselves as strongly as it states in this passage?
I do not profess myself to be the most religious person; but I am realistic and there are parts of the Bible that while I may not look at in a religious sense, I take on in a realistic and logical one. The concept of love for myself and for someone else; as simply put in this chapter, is something that I can connect to specifically in a time in my life where I’ve lost a sense of my self love and lost the love of someone else.
I’m at a point in my life where I’m looking for answers, and trying to understand why my life has taken the turn it has. As I continue that journey, I find that in certain ways, I realize that if there were parts of my life in which I was lacking, then maybe the path I’m currently on was meant to happen. Other days I don’t want to believe that is what was meant to happen for me.
Either way, I will continue to find my way, and hopefully come out of this better than what I came into it.