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What love overlooks

by Bobby Joe Eaton, Baptist Health Corbin Chaplain

As a Pastor/Chaplain, I have the joy of seeing people in some of the happiest moments of their lives, especially this time of the year...Weddings...Babies being born... Graduations…Wedding anniversaries. These are some of the happiest loving moments people experience. The great Love chapter in the Bible is found in I Cor.13. "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. I read a beautiful story about a lady who celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, and on this special occasion, one of her grandchildren asked her the secret to her happy enduring marriage. She smiled and said, "Well, sweetheart, when you granddaddy and I married, I made a list of ten things I would overlook in his personality. Just ten things I didn't like, but was willing to forgive. I decided on that day that anytime one of those ten things would come up, I would overlook it for the sake of harmony in our marriage." One of the grandchildren said, "Granny, tell us the list." She paused and said, "You know, to be honest with you, I never really wrote them down. But every time your grandfather would do something that made me mad, I would think to myself, Lucky for him that's one of the things on my list." Relationships are hard work, and difficulties and conflicts will come. Real love is willing to overlook annoyances, and petty disagreements. “We love,” the apostle John wrote, "because He first loved us." I Corinthians 13:1-7 Don't ever hold grudges over little petty things! Take the long view of love.