You feel connected, grounded, and valued.
You have motivation to grow in life and reach your goals.
Your people skills blossom, propelling you forward.
Learning what empowers love reveals the path to activate love.
An examination of 1 Corinthians 13 verse by verse will help.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Verse 4— Love endures long and is kind; love never is envious,
is not boastful, does not display itself haughtily.
Fathers Love Connection and Empathy allows you to see that other people are on a journey just like you are.
They have hurts they’ve yet to work through.
They have learning curves they’ve yet to complete.
In knowing this, you can express patience toward their shortcomings and ways they still need to grow.
You now have compassion, understanding we all struggle in certain ways. The fruits of patience and kindness naturally spring forth when there’s empathy.
Verse 5— It is not conceited; it is not rude and does not act unbecomingly.
Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way,
for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful;
it takes no account of the evil done to it.
As Fathers love connection grows ever deeper, that love resolves fears of abandonment and inferiority ever deeper. (1 Jn.4)
This frees you from needing to strive to get your own needs met through conceit or touchiness or acting out.
Verse 6—It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness,
but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
This is not a focus of an angry God that punishes sinners and stands in wait to judge.
This is a deep knowing that sin hurts people and keeps them from love. Love enables you to hate the behavior but love the sinner and feel compassion for his lostness.
Verse 7— Love bears up under anything and everything that comes,
is ever ready to believe the best of every person,
its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances,
and it endures everything.
When you are filled with Father’s love connection:
You believe the best of others.
You don’t walk in cynicism or suspicion.
You have the ability to walk in the vulnerability of being trusting until proven wrong—your heart can stay open.
Even if another’s behavior proves untrustworthy, you feel love and compassion as you use boundaries to express that love.
Gauges of the Heart
This list is not for the purpose of fault finding or condemnation, rather it is for showing us areas of our heart that still need to connect to God in deeper ways so we can be living disciples for all the world to see.
If you find yourself impatient, touchy, jealous, or suspicious – don’t beat yourself up over this. Simply turn towards God and reconnect to His love; He is full of mercy and grace.
- Is God Angry?
- The Secret Kingdom Where You Live At Home in Love
- You Are Designed to Become Fluent in the Father’s Love
- Can Your Eyes See the Fathers Love?
- You Are Your Secrets
- Fathers Love
- Fathering Leadership