1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

It’s easy to see through the schemes of pretended love. We know what love is and isn’t. Love isn’t rude and does not demand its own way. If somebody claims to love us but never listens, that’s no love at all.

Love bears fruit. There are fruitless efforts, but there’s no such thing as fruitless love. I think that’s good news. We can rest assured that we’ve never loved in vain. We might not get the response that we had hoped for, but then what do we know? One of the finest things our loving acts produce is peace in our heart. We know we have done the right thing. If our love is ill-received, we can let go and move on. That’s why a loving heart is free and without the baggage of grudge. We don’t keep a to-do-list of revenge. We wish people well, whether they like us or not.

Our loving acts create a ripple effect that continues in perpetuity. We touch more people than we will ever know. Love makes this world a better place. Hold on to this thought when you’ve been wronged, somebody hurt you, or certain people are walking all over you. Love is patient, but love is no doormat. Whatever it is you have to do to move out of a situation of abuse, needs to be done. But then, when everything is said and done, let it go for your sanity’s sake. That will give your broken heart the capacity to heal and you can love again, unfettered and free. Love is patient and love is kind and doesn’t need to keep records of being wronged.

God is famous for His loving kindness. Under His wings we are safe and free – free to be ourselves and certainly free to love.