LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient. Love is kind
“Your life shows other people what God is like.”
— Adam Hamilton
Paul wrote the love chapter to show the Corinthian church what true love is because they were forgetting that relationships were more important than rules. There was a lot of fighting, selfishness, envy, jealousy, pride, boastfulness, judgmentalism. He wanted to bring them back to the foundation of their faith which is love.
The Greek word for patience in the New Testament, is makrothumei. It means slow to anger. It always describes patience with people and not with circumstances.
We can’t help but lose our patience every now and then because we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. Like:
• When the teller or waiter or saleslady is in a bad mood
• When somebody cuts you off while we’re talking or driving
• When the person in front of you in the ATM line is taking so slow
We can do the following things when we’re starting to feel impatient about others:
• Before leaving the house, have the mindset that you won’t allow slow, insensitive, negative people to ruin your day.
• More often than not, people who are in a bad mood are experiencing personal problems. Make the effort to empathize with them. Maybe you can smile and ask how they are or give them a slice of your favorite cake or give them a nice tip even if they don’t deserve it. That’s exit bad mood for both of you!
• Don’t expect others to be like you. We will also need people who need to be patient with us one day. Maybe while waiting in line, just breathe nicely and pray.
• Be thankful for everything. This will drown the flaws of others.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (Message)
Be patient with each person…. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
Ten-year-old Lindsay Cochran was born with a rare disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which causes muscle weakness. Lindsay has limited strength and a shortened life expectancy. There is currently no treatment or cure.
Her Mom, Tracy, said the community and their faith helped them learn to deal with a new reality. “It’s just different than what everybody else’s life looks like. She needs extra care, and it takes us a lot of time to care for her. But she rarely complains about not being able to participate or feels sorry for herself. In fact, she always has a smile on her face. God has blessed her with such a wonderful spirit, and Lindsay has taught our family so much. We have learned to enjoy each day for itself, without worrying what tomorrow will bring. We have learned the power of optimism, since Lindsay is rarely discouraged about her disability. She laughs often, cries little, and lives life to its fullest. She has been a blessing to so many, and God has richly taken our family down paths that have been hard but have allowed us to grow in ways we would have never expected. Like Lindsay, we have learned to take life one day at a time.”
Hopefully, after you watch this video, you’ll learn to be truly thankful for every day, and you will not allow insensitive people to get the best of you.
Love truly is patient…
SHOW VIDEO OF LINDSAY COCHRAN – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PM6uX4yGp4