It is always (I think at the time) at the most inopportune moment that Scriptures I have memorized pop into my head.
When I get upset with someone, lose my patience, want to give “friendly” advice, want to have credit given to me instead of someone else for something I did, want to prove myself right — a Scripture edges itself to the front of my head:
Love is patient, love is kind. Â It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Â Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Â It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Â Love never fails. Â 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I always take issue with the Scripture and the conversation with God goes something like this:
Are you kidding me God? Â This is not the time to be putting that Scripture in my head. Â You know I should have gotten credit for that. Â How come I have to be the one to apologize for getting angry? Â It’s always me who goes first. Â I’m not boasting. Â I’m not proud. Â I just want the credit due TO ME.
And the response from God this time is:
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Â Matthew 25:40
Another Scripture. Â Another reminder that I am not flawless. Â That I am imperfect. Â And that in spite of the imperfections, He loves me.
I am reminded that 1 Corinthians 13 is the principle that my Father follows in His relationship with me. He asks that I give to others what He has given to me.
It sounds simple on the surface but in practice is sometimes hard for me.
Yet, He’s right and I thank Him for reminding me. Â A reminder that I shouldn’t need every day but somehow I do. Â He gently tells me it’s okay. Â And I compose myself, remembering who I represent, and repair any damage I may have done in my relationships.