"bear with one another in love" (Eph. 4:2).
We are told to bear with one another in love, but what does that look like. That needs to jump off the page, out of cliche and into some sort of action for it to really matter. What would it take for us to really bear with one another in love?
It requires making the CHOICE to love each other, and continuing to make that choice. Now this is not as easily done as it is written. Why? Because we come to make love a REACTION instead of the ACTION that it is.
The reason so many of us struggle to bear with one anyone in love is because we have made love a reaction, and we will only love when loved. We will only love when given a reason to love. Love has become a reaction to us, and bearing with one another will never happen as long as love is a reaction. The cycle will only continue and no one will choose to love as we are all waiting for the other to love us so that we can love in return.
Love is not a reaction, it is an action. Love is a choice. Love is INTENTIONAL. In order for us to truly bear with one another in love, it will mean choosing constantly to GO and love.
When one person goes with intentionality of loving someone, they break the cycle of reactionary love.
Love is not a reaction. It is an action.