This week’s portion from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is from verse 5 and says, “Love is not provoked.” The KJV reads, “Love is not easily provoked.” The word easily is not in the original language. The original language is actually worded very strongly, “Love is not provoked at all” not just easily provoked.
That last sentence really struck me....Love is not provoked AT ALL not just easily provoked. Wow! AT ALL??? How many times in.my.life. have I been provoked??? What I can say is this. I have learned over the years that SOMETIMES being provoked is really the Holy Spirit speaking to me and wanting me to learn something. My buttons "being pushed" or as we would say "being provoked" is truly an opportunity. But, being the Gentleman the Lord is ....It is up to me/us what we do with the opportunity and when we will seek HIM, and listen and allow HIM to work in us that is when we can learn some of the facets of this LOVE. When you see a pattern of situations in which you are provoked seeking professional help in a Life Coach or counselor will help! It did with me!
I can also say other times when I have been provoked that I could easily list numerous excuses....tired, selfish, worn out, not in the mood, etc. etc. see I told you they were excuses! ;) Would't it just be better to say the truth! Like ~ No I haven't had any quiet time with the Lord or Yes, I feel far away from HIM right now but I just can't find the time to spend with him with all that I have to do in a day and getting up that extra hour in the morning is just more than I can do right now. Don't we know that if we were spending time with the Lord, honestly being with HIM, sharing our heart and being still before HIM not just running through the prayer list or reading the chapter of the day, we would be Filled with HIM and when we are Filled with HIM and walking with HIM, those times of being Provoked are fewer and farther between!
We have had those moments when the Lord reigns down on us and we are just filled with so much Love and Peace ~ When we see all people through HIS eyes. Yes, Our Love walk requires Much from us but more than that.....MUCH is given, MUCH is available, MUCH is waiting!
The next time you find yourself PROVOKED.....remind yourself of this verse and ask yourself to be honest within....pour your heart out before the Lord ~ He knows it anyway and Longs to lead the way to an intimate and authentic L♥VE