As I came to the enterence of the IHOP restaurant earlier today, I stumbled across an elderly couple on my way in. The older gentelmen was holding the door, while an elder lady, who seemed to look like his companion, was passing right through. He was so patient with her, and kind, and so gentle. I just watched them, and smiled. You don’t see that everyday!

 I approached them, and complimented them, on the way they cared for one another, then proceeded to ask them about their relationship.

“How long have YOU TWO been married?

The lady exclaimed, “Oh we’ve been married for 64 years, and know each other for 84 of those years. We are both 84 years old, high school sweethearts, childhood friends”.

I was really impressed by the way they cared for each other, as they talked about their relationship, and smiled at one another. I then asked them a question.

What advice would you have for a youngster like me ?

The lady exclaimed, “Oh that’s easy, Love each other through all!”

It was as the Holy Spirit was reminding me through this simple interaction.

Love is not just words, but action. How you treat each other through the moments of difficulties, shows your love for one another. How you care for one another, how patient you are with one another, and how gentle you are with each other, through conflict, shows your true character.

Love is NOT words, it’s ACTION!

It’s easy to love when everything is good, and circumstances are favorable. It’s easy to be kind when situations are right up your alley, but can you love, when the other chooses not to? Can you still be gentle when you feel rejected, and ignored?  These are tough moments to endure, yet moments to treasure, because these are the moments that truly create, and grow your character, relationship, and love for one another.

Are you patient with one another, gentle/kind, when conflict arrises, or are you rude, boastful, and arrogant in your ways? Are you faithful when the other isn’t, joyful through the storms, peaceful with each other, in the midst of battles. Do you exercise control of unruly behaviors, and keep your cool?

Love one another, prefer one another, stay hopeful, endure through the good and the bad times, sacrifice your wants and desires, grow with one another, understand, and listen to each other, respect one another, and honor each other above all!

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