1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
Love is patient, makrothymeo in the Greek. It means to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart, to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles, to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others, to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish. Love is patient. It perseveres. It stands the test of time. When all others have run away, love remains. When all others have given up, love holds on. Love bravely endures. Love doesn’t just hang on, but it is brave in the face of misfortune. When troubles come, love doesn’t back down or hide in the corner. Love chooses to bear with the offenses that others bring rather than get angry or get even or punish the offender. When injured, love allows time for healing to take place.
How patient is your love? How patient are you with those you love? How patient has Jesus been in loving you? Ouch! Why’d you have to go and get personal? I think I am patient with others until I consider just how patient Jesus has been with me and still is. Time and time again I fail, I fall short. He doesn’t get angry or punish me. And He never, ever, gives up on me. He doesn’t label me or judge me. He knows me and my failures and patiently loves me all the same. I wish I could be that way with others.
Try replacing the word love with your name. How does it sound? Does it feel right? Or perhaps you aren’t quite there yet? I know I’m not there yet, but someday I would like to be able to say it and believe it, “Doug is patient.” How about you?