Love – “The greatest Commandment.
Love – You must be kind ,patient and not angry, whether you’re the caregiver or the patient when facing Cancer and Health Issues.
When facing cancer and health problems, Love is still “the Greatest Commandment of all”. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, But the greatest of these is love.
“Love is the greatest Commandment of all”,1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7,. Paul is instructing us, if you don’t have love then your only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal, in other words all you do is make noise. A large portion of chapter 13 explains all the attributes that you can possess, but if you don’t have love you have nothing. So love needs to be practiced no matter what you’re going through in life, whether you’re a caregiver, person facing cancer, or someone with health issues.
So let’s address the issues of love if you’re a caregiver. My wife and I had the honor to take care of my mom who had extreme dementia and died from just recently. A person with dementia will not remember conversations, things asked of them, and towards the end will not really even understand what you’re saying.
If you are a caregiver:
- “Love is patient – Love is Kind – Not easily angered”
- Even when you don’t understand the disease.
- When you have to repeat everything you say.
- When you have to feed and clean them.
- 100% care leaves no time for you.
- When there’s no help.
- When everything feels unfair.
- As with the baby you have to physically clean them.
- You must be patient with yourself and forgiving.
- Being kind means even with yourself.
- Your actions to others are out of the love that is in your heart.
- Remembering they had become childlike and need to be loved as a child. Remember to be patient and not angry.
If you’re the one going through cancer or health issues:
- “Love is patient – Love is Kind – It is not easily angered”
- Love yourself and not be angry.
- No one understands what you’re going through.
- To be patient waiting for lab results.
- Trying to explain the pain when no one seems to be listening.
- Living with new life limitations.
- Having to ask for help, relying on someone else.
- Anger at God.
- Fear that God is angry with me. What have I done wrong?
- Fear God doesn’t Love me.
What is God’s Scripture trying to teach us?
Since love is the greatest commandment and all other activities being nothing compared to love, how should that cause us to act in all life situations?
Mark 12:31 – Love your neighbor as yourself.,
John 15:12 – love each other as I have loved you.
Galatians 2:20 – Who loved me and gave himself for me
Luke 10:27 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, But the greatest of these is love.
- The hardest part for me about love, is remembering all its attributes.
- Remembering to put yourself in their position.
- Applying Scripture daily if not hourly to whatever situation I’m in.
- To have compassion.
- To Love oneself.
O’B “Remember Love above all”.