For the Christian, love is what ties everything together. As first Corinthians 13 states it is the foundation that we should build our lives upon. If we do not have love when dealing with others, then, we have nothing. It is not our own love that we should be imitating, but the love of God. The Bible says in 1 John 4:19 that we only know how to love because He first loved us.
Ephesians 4:2 tells us, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Be humble and gentle. We are only able to do that if we first have love. So to show others love, we must first humble ourselves and think of them as greater than ourselves. We must also be gentle when dealing with them. It is okay to not always be in the right. There have been times in my life when I knew without a shadow of a doubt in my mind that I was the right one, but to save a relationship, I humbled myself and apologized anyway. This is how you show love to others. Relationships are always more important than being right for your pride.
Think about relationships you have, whether they are family relationships, work relationships, or even a spouse. Do you always have to be in the right? Do you get frustrated when you know that you were the one that was right, and they were wrong? Humility says, I don’t have to be the one who’s right. Gentleness says, I can be wrong, and allow them to be right. Love says that my relationship with that person is more important than my pride. Spend some time in prayer today for your relationships, and allow God to build them on his love.