Take a good look at this photo of a thatched roof and ask yourself this question: Is my love walk long enough, wide enough, broad and deep enough to shield and cover others through all seasons? When built skillfully, a thatched roof can last 40-50 years, endure heavy winds and rains, and only needs a stable supporting structure. This is what love does.
Love…beareth all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Beareth (4722) means to roof over, to cover with silence, to endure patiently.
Love builds a roof, and with patience says nothing.
The people who get a lot of bad credit for expertly covering with silence are battered souls in toxic and codependent situations. They make excuses and cover over real danger and call it love. That is not love. Healing is possible when we face the truth (that’s another factor of love, but for another entry).
Love is not being so in love with judgment that we forsake mercy. Love is knowing that sometimes the experience was hard enough, so we say little to nothing to make things worse. Easier said than done sometimes, I know, and even then maybe we do it by grinding our teeth. But, this is why we are born again and rely on Holy Spirit in us to maintain us as vessels of love. In her book Girls with Swords, Lisa Bevere says,
Life in the Spirit means we no longer give way to the base actions and emotions that tether us to our own strength and striving. Nor can we allow the enemy entrance through our actions. (p. 47)
Please read that again. Isn’t that beautiful? Let’s remember we are now seated with Him in heavenly places. We protect the throne through our love walk. It’s stretching us, I know, but there is a sweet hope in knowing that transforming into Christ’s image is not a pipe dream. It is absolutely possible.
Yes Lord. Keep working our my roof. Amen.