I Corinthians 13:4a
“Charity (love) suffereth long…”
Love is patient. The opposite – impatience – often leads to frustration and angry outburts. This can be the case whether dealing with a spouse, children, or complete strangers!
The Bible commentator Matthew Henry’s explanation gives some good advice:
“Love can endure evil and provocation, WITHOUT BEING FILLED WITH RESENTMENT or revenge. It will put up with many slights from the person it loves, and wait long to see the kindly effects of such patience on them.”
Putting someone else’s needs or their demands before our own is HARD … it is self-denying. It sometimes makes you feel like you’re being used or ignored. A reality check is this: God is very patient when we – humans – make our demands, pray for OUR WILL to be done, or get upset at God for not being a magic genie-in-a-lamp; and He is most patient with us as sinners … Yes, God has His limits – but they are in His perfect, all-wise timing. We can’t claim that omniscience (all-knowing-ness) because we are limited by our human perspective.
Patient loves says I love you more than I love myself. Patient love does not want to hurt the other person, even while feeling injured. Patient love waits and prays and trusts in a patient God – and it occasionally bites its tongue! 🙂
Any thoughts on patient love?
TOMORROW: Love is KIND.
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