What barriers keep you from loving and caring?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 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. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Love is more important than spiritual gifts. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice and miracle-working power produce very little without love and caring.
Love benefits others. Society confuses love and lust. God’s kind of love is directed outward towards others. It is utterly unselfish. It is a love that goes against all natural inclinations. God’s kind of love helps us to set aside our own desires so we can benefit others expecting nothing in return.
Love is a choice. Leviticus 19:18 says “Forget about the wrong things people do to you. Don’t try to get even. Love your neighbor as yourself.” The loving and caring we are called to initiate through the recovery process has nothing to do with liking people. Love is not a feeling it is a choice. And, we can choose to be concerned about people’s well being and treat them with respect, whether we feel affection towards them or not. Love the sinner, not the sin.