June 13 – Characteristics of Love #12 – Always Protects

“(Love) always protects…” I Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)

Love always protects by enduring the offense and being willing to suffer in silence without divulging and publicizing the wrong. Human nature wants to tell others about how you have been wronged and draw them to your defense, but godly love suffers in silence.

Your silence gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to work in the heart of the situation, away from the complications that getting others involved bring.  Your silence also builds godly character in you.

Covering a transgression protects a friendship.  Proverbs 17:9 says: “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” Confidentiality builds trust. Trust builds friendship.

Adversity is a test of true friendship. When “the chips are down:’ your true friends will come to your aid and give you support. Proverbs 17:17 says: “A friend loveth at ALL times, and a brother is born for adversity.” It is in the time of trouble that your true friend (brother) will rush to your protection.

Consider today to whom YOU are a friend, and purpose in your heart to bring protection to that relationship.

“Dear Lord, thank You for Your covering and protection.  Your patience with me causes me to trust You more.  I love You.  Amen:’

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