” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always persevere.” (1Corinthians 13:4-7)
This passage of scripture is often referred to as the Love Chapter. Yet, when we read this passage or hear it read, do we really get the message of its meaning and what God is teaching us about love? The next three posts will be focused on this passage and how we can make it more of a part of our daily living.
The beginning of this passage says; Love is patient. How many times have we lost our patience with someone who just wasn’t learning a task? There are times when our patience may be tested while in traffic, standing in a line or waiting to be served in a resturant. Including myself, I am sure that we all have had a lack of patience at some point and time.
Can you imagine what life would be like if God was impatient with us, learning our task, and responding to His call and plan? No matter the circumstances, God is patient with us. He loves us through our learning, our stumbles, fumbles, falls and stubbornness.
How do we practice and/or demostrate the simple patience of God? We simply demonstrate this action through what the passage says next; Love is kind. You have been standing in line and you see someone who looks like they really need to be on their way and you let them in front of you. You have also waited and waited for that meal to be served and instead of getting upset and impatient, you smiled and assured the server everything will be ok. Maybe, you are having to show a child how to do a task for the tenth time and instead of losing it, you smile, encourage and show how to do the task one more time. Now, think about how you felt when you made those allowances for others with simple acts of kindness. Then, think about how you felt when you didn’t practice patience. Which keeps the blood pressure lower, makes you feel better, and is demonstrating the patience and kindness of God? The answer should be simple. For me, I opt for demonstrating a little kindness and Christ-like love.
If we practice the patience and kindness that this passage opens up with, we can only begin to imagine what it will do for envy and boastfulness. In my next post, we will focus on those two aspects of this love chapter. In the meantime, practice a little patience and kindness.
- “I said – NOW!” – Ephesians 4:2 (633woman.com)
- Are You Wanting To Become A Perfect Ten? (aprilhawk.wordpress.com)
- Why Worry (aprilhawk.wordpress.com)