patience-quoteLove is patient
1pa·tient adjective \ˈpā-shənt\
: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying

Love is being patient with your child.  I’m just assuming your child is many years behind you, so why expect them to know everything you know?  How long did it take you to learn to tie your shoes, to read and write, to figure out which friends to choose?

Children have a slower response time than adults.  Give them a minute to comprehend what you’re saying before you scold them for not listening.  We also expect them to run to keep up with us and they have to because their legs are more than likely shorter than ours.  But why don’t we slow down for them?  What’s our hurry?  Is it because you’re running late all the time?  Check out “God Margins” parts 1, 2, and 3 here.  This should help you out in that area.

Love is being patient with your spouse.  They are of the opposite sex. Therefore, they think differently than you do, so it may take you a while to understand where they’re coming from.  My husband is extremely patient with me, and I’m so grateful for that.  I know he hasn’t quite figured me out (still working on that myself) but he has learned the concept of patience and helped me with it as well.

Love is being patient with unbelievers.  You can’t force someone into believing in Jesus, so just be there for them.  That way when they are ready, they know they can come to you.  How long was it before you gave your life to Christ?  For me, it was 25 years.  What if God hadn’t been patient with me?  What if the people He placed in my life to lead me to the Lord hadn’t been patient with me?  I don’t want to even consider where my life would be right now.

Love is patient in LIFE!  For example, traffic.  My husband touched on this in his sermon yesterday.  We get in such a hurry driving that we’re willing to pull over onto the shoulder, where all the debris is, just to get ahead.  We’re willing to put ourselves and others in a dangerous situation because we’re not patient with who’s ahead of us.  We need to slow down and understand that we will get where God wants us to in His timing.  We just need to be patient in getting there.  What better way to show God how much we love Him than by being patient and trusting Him to do things His way instead of our own?

Love it patient and so much more, but can we at least start there?

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. –                            1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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