1 Corinthians 13:5 “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Love is not easily angered. It’s not easily provoked or irritable. The phrase “slow to anger” appears 9 times in the Bible and is always used as a description of God. That phrase is always followed by another phrase that is also only applied to God, “abounding in love”. Our God is slow to anger and abounding in love.

What does a love that is not easily angered look like? When I fail, God’s first response isn’t to get mad at me or remind me of how many times I haven’t measured up. He understands my weakness and strengthens my feeble hands. When I get sidetracked by the circumstances around me and lose sight of what He has said, He doesn’t berate me or  call me names or say to me, “I told you so!” Instead, my God gently guides me and restores me to the path I should be on. God doesn’t beat me down until I cower in fear but disciplines me in love in order to bring about even more abundance and growth.

Even though the phrase “slow to anger” is only applied to God, we are called to love in that same way. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church” Ephesians 5:25. He is our model of love. How has God been slow to get angry with you and how can you love others in that same way today?