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"How Long is Long Enough?"

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"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven"

Ecclesiastes 3:1


Wouldn't it be great if love were like a going to the Golden Corral? Unlimited selections to choose from, pick only those things you like. But would that really be love? Is love more than just the freedom to choose? The Bible's definition of love isn't loosely defined, go with your feelings or just follow your heart, do whatever makes you feel good. No, on the contrary, scripture says that love, "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

But how can we love those we find it hard to love? Is it possible to love the unloveable? The answer is 'yes' but God's love isn't easy and doesn't come without a struggle. Even Jesus love was put to the test again and again by those He came in contact. In Mark's gospel we read a story where it appears Jesus is frustrated by the unbelief of the scribes and the multitude who followed Him as He went from place to place. In Mark 9:19 Jesus responds to a scribe who had brought his son with a mute spirit to the disciples for healing but they were unable to heal the man's son. Jesus said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me."

I don't know about you but I am comforted knowing Jesus dealt with the same struggles in interpersonal relationships just like me and you. Its been well said, "The ministry would be great if it wasn't for the people". Obviously not all the people, just some of the people. Jesus asked the crowd gathered before Him that day a great question, "How long shall I bear with you?" The short answer is, "long enough". God is love and His love never fails and the proof of Jesus love is revealed for all the world to see on the Cross of Calvary. How long did Jesus bear with them that day and with us even now? All the way to the end! John 13:1 paints for us a beautiful word picture as it were, "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end."

The Cross demonstrates the unfailing love of God as Jesus loved His own to the end! I so appreciate what Max Lucado wrote regarding how long Jesus bears with us or as some translations say, "put up" with us. "Long enough for every sin to soak in my sinless soul so that heaven will turn in horror until my swollen lips pronounce the final transaction– "It is finished." How long? Until it kills me." The love of God never fails us and Jesus life, death and resurrection prove it. How long should we "put up" with one another you might be thinking? Since it was Jesus Himself who said in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another". The short answer regarding how long we should "put up" with one another then is simple, not a minute longer than Jesus would.

"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

John 13:35

I LOVE YOU!


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