The Word for today is found in Philippians 1:9, 10:
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
There are a couple of things I would like to bring out here. Love has to know something to grow. So often we think of love as being the kisses and hugs that we as Christians like to give each other in church. But love is putting our flesh and feelings under the authority of the Word of God.
Paul goes on to say that we are to be without offence. How many people to do know, or yourself for that matter, who get our feelings hurt at the least little thing; it is like some people walking around in a constant state of P.M.S.
No one can offend you unless you chose to be offended. I can not control what someone else chooses to do but I can chose how I will react to them.
The more you allow yourself to be offended the more Satan will send someone around to offend you. Love stops evil. To get even only adds fuel to the fire. Have you ever tried to have an argument with someone who only smiles back at you? You end up looking like the village fool.
Stay in love, for faith works by love. I use to wonder why my faith was not working. I said all the right things and believed the Word. My husband who at the time did not know nearly as much of the Word concerning faith had much more success getting his prayers answered. He knew how to walk in forgiveness and was slow to take offence. Trust me it does work.
2 Peter l: 2 says
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
And verse 4 continues
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…
What is the divine nature? Love. God is love.
If you want to walk in God’s promises then grow in the God kind of love.