Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4
Patience is defined in the Bible as one of the elements of love. We may have difficulty defining the word “love” or “charity” — the Greek word is agape — but we surely know, from Paul’s epistle, that patience is an important component.
Being patient can be difficult. We focus on getting a task done and we often are overwhelmed with all we have to do. Patience seems impossible.
But think about the rewards that come from patience. When we are dealing with one of God’s precious children, it is an act of love to be patient with them. (Many times, it is we ourselves with whom we have to be patient!)
And love, Paul tells us, is the most important thing. John tells us, “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (1 John 3:11) So being patient with others is important, and it holds a great reward for us.
Let us all remember today, at least once, when we are exasperated with somebody else, to be patient. Let us think, “this is God’s child and I will show patience, because he or she is important to God.” I promise you, the reward to yourself will be immediate. The love you show by your patience will be reflected back to you, and you will feel a moment of the peace that God intends us to enjoy.