Don’t you hate getting in trouble? I know I do. When I get in trouble, I try to explain my way out of the situation and justify my behavior. It’s certainly not the right thing to do, but it seems to be my default.
In today’s Bible verse, we see a definition of love. Take a look:
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 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT)
When you get in trouble with your parents, what do you usually do? Do you try to demand your own way? Do you get mad at your parents?
While those can be natural reactions, part of loving our parents is learning to practice self-control when being corrected. Sometimes that can mean taking a moment to breathe and listen to what our parents have to say. It often means that we need to not get angry when corrected, but rather listen to what they have to say before losing our cool.
Loving your parents isn’t always easy. Especially if you have a parent that just seems to not get you or rubs you the wrong way. However, even in those situations, we’re called to practice love and self-control. With God’s help, you can learn to control your emotions and walk in love with your parents.