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Love is such a huge concept…but have you ever thought about it, in the actual terms of “patience” and WHY it’s so closely tied to love? God wants us to be patient, because PATIENCE is a basic building block of LOVE!
Good morning! This morning let’s talk about LOVE!
You and I have both heard “Love is patient” over and over again, right? But how many times have you just skimmed right over that particular passage, without thinking about what it really means?
Love is such a huge concept, a great and wonderful thing. But have you ever thought about it in the actual terms of “patience” before? Yet, not only is it pointed out as the first and foremost important thing about love in the Bible – “Love is PATIENT” – it is also mentioned seven more times, in an extremely profound way.
Why is patience so important and tied so closely to love? Let’s look at what a few other passages show us”
“But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (I Thessalonians 5:12-14 )
Appreciate everyone who has charge over you. And who is that? Your boss, your parents, our government, maybe even your spouse? It takes patience to appreciate those people and to live in harmony. But it’s also important to remember because they’re not perfect, just as you are not perfect! The Bible tells us, clear as day, to be patient and love everyone! Ouch, that is a lot to ask. There are a lot of annoying people out there, right?
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9)
Take a minute today to stop and think, “Am I as patient with others, as God is with me?” Be HONEST with yourself!
You must align your heart with His will, and desire what He desires, which is that NONE shall perish. He loves you and wants you to show that love to others – through patience.
“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged.” (II Timothy 2:24) God wants you to be patient, even when you are wronged. Remember, you are not the judge and jury of other people. Patience is one of the basic building blocks of love.
Do you struggle with being patient? What’s your plan to improve in this area? Let me know, in your comments below!
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In great faith
In great faith,
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