Love is Patient

Painting Love Bible

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.

3 thoughts on “Love is Patient

  1. Mary Lewis

    When I see this passage I always relate it to road rage! Insert “while driving be…….” in place of “love is” and see how you feel the next time you get behind the wheel! I was brought up short on this point by an expensive trip to the judge. Thank God I never hurt myself or anyone else before this was brought home directly to me. Now I ride in peace and quiet, thanking God on every trip that I have him watching over me. I view each “obstruction” as a gift that keeps me safe from some tragedy that might have befallen me if I kept on pushing ,shoving, and trying to get ahead. I no longer “rejoice at wrongdoing” while fearfully watching my rear view mirror for law enforcement! Please, God, give me patience, right now! If I can learn it behind the wheel, I can learn it elsewhere!

  2. Bettyjoan

    I think the point about being patient with your self is well made. Perhaps we get upset and push others because of that inner impatience with ourselves running amuck?

    I think it’s tough to be continuously patient with the elderly or sick too. It’s like a short thread: you hold on and do “what you should” but because of the lack of true compassion or selfish impatience you get to the end of that thread very quickly.

    Finally, I think impatience may be rooted in a need to control – the world and others or the part of our lives that doesn’t live up to what we think it should be. – I know I have to watch that urge to control others and control my experience. – Only God has true power. We have to surrender to Him.

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