Love Does Not Brood

  1. Ojo says:

    Amazing write up! This article so far has helped me understand a lot of things. you can also check back at my website for a content similar to this.

  2. Your generosity is much appreciated. This line in the gospel really spoke to me today. Because of the harsh things he has said when he has been frustrated or furious, I knew I had been nursing a grudge against my spouse. I’ve been waiting for an apology from him, but this verse has made me realize that I’m just wallowing in self-pity and letting it keep me from being loving to my spouse. I could really relate to what you said. God bless you for your generosity.

  3. Daniel says:

    Oh my gosh I needed this so much! GOD BLESS YOU! Praise GOD!

  4. Jiji says:

    This was beautifully written and so helpful! Thanks!

  5. Diane says:

    What a wonderful post! Definitely will be easier to STOP brooding just knowing it is Satan who is instigating it!!!

  6. Amulya Castelino says:

    Thank you so much for your sharing! This verse struck me in the gospel today. I knew that I have been holding hurt against my husband cause of the hurtful things he has said when irritated or upset. I have been waiting for him to apologise but the verse help me reflect on the fact that I’m just brooding over my wounds and feeling sorry for myself prevent me from doing something loving for my husband. Your sharing was so relatable! Thank you and God bless you!

  7. Sheila says:

    I was reading the scriptures for the day and the first reading was the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians about love. I do not fully understood the meaning of the verse “brood over injury” so I googled it. And I came across your site. I’m so glad I did.

    Your experiences are not far from mine and I know exactly how it feels. When my husband says some hurtful things towards me, I keep on rewinding it in my head and eventually my anger for him rises. Reading your article made me realize a lot of things, especially recognizing the fact that I am giving the devil the power to control me. This I do by giving in to his temptation of feeling and thinking ugly things about my husband or whoever hurts me.

    Thank you for this awesome article. I will keep on reading it so that I will remember all the helpful things you said in here and to help me recognize whenever the enemy is controlling me so I can silence him.

    God bless you and your family circle.

  8. Helen says:

    I know this is an old-ish post, but it’s so good! Exactly what I need to hear. I’m going to save it and come back to it!

  9. Melissa says:

    Nancy, your Mom fb me this on our BIS group and I am sooo thankful to have read it!!
    I deal with this almost every day!!! I hear the lies and I actually struggle thinking if they are really how I feel, or if it is the Devil speaking lies.
    Thank you!!!

  10. Anna says:

    WOW! I so needed this affirmation today. I find myself doing all of that and KNOW it’s the Devil on my shoulder. It’s so much easier to just brood though, just as you say. THANK YOU for giving words to my struggle!

  11. Rachel says:

    Love, love, love. I struggle with that as well. For me, I noticed that as things got more negative in the marriage I would act like a prosecutor, like I was making a case against him. Remembering every slight and adding it to the “he is a terrible person” file. Then I realized that God was asking me to forgive all of the slights, right when they happen, and not to brood over the injury. I know some of this was me, but the way the thoughts can come relentlessly even when I try to forget makes me think sometimes they come from the father of lies. Anyway…marriage has been TONS better since I learned to let things go (and some other important stuff, like prayer). Thanks for writing this!

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one that struggles with this. My success and failure with this comes in waves. I can get so negative and then do really well at letting things go, but fall back into the negativity again. Sin can be so frustrating, can’t it? I wish I could just shut this door and be done with it!

  12. Lindsey says:

    Oooh, Nancy! This is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for reflecting on this, and that you have “named” the Tempter. I often find myself so MAD at myself for thinking those same kinds of thoughts against the people I love. But when we name the culprit, and recognize our compliance to his whispering, it becomes a little less of a burden to tackle. And is it a coincidence that you posted this on the feast of the Archangels??! I don’t think so!

    • Oh–that’s right, it is the feast of the Archangels! What wonderful timing (that I had no part in planning). All the best and keep fighting the good fight with me!

      • Ken Pomeisl says:

        I have late in life realized I also am a brooder among other things. This article is very helpful and I hope it sticks with me.

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