Love Is Patient. I Was Raised In A Highly Religious Family.

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Love is Patient
I was raised in a highly religious family. I have attended church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night since the Sunday after I was born. I was always taught that faith, hope, and love were the three cardinal virtues of my entire life. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we are told, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
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This is the story of the truest and purest heartbreak I have ever felt: a heartbreak at the hands of my brother.
At seventeen years old, I felt I was finally becoming the person I wanted to be for the rest of my life. Naturally, I wanted to share this discovery with the rest of the world. I conveyed it through my music, my activities, my social media, and any other way I possibly could. There were those who wished to silence my voice, but I would not allow myself to be quieted. You see, I had worked too long and too hard to find myself and there was no way I was going to lose her in the clamor of loud voices shouting “no” around me. I did not find this too extraordinarily difficult, as I began to surround myself with those who would accept and assist me in my growth. However, this safe haven of peers came crashing down around me when I got a text message from my brother one evening. Somehow, he had learned of my political views which were, naturally, drastically different than his. My brother is my hero. He is a United States Marine, enlisted when he was nineteen years old, two years ago. He has tirelessly trained to be a good Marine, the best he could be, and has already been in positions of authority. He is a leader, and a good one. But sometimes, he forgets who the real enemy is. He forgets that I adore him and look up to him in every way.
My brother tore
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