When I scroll through my Instagram and Facebook pages, I often see sponsored ads for positive parenting resources. My phone is clearly listening to everything that I say and must not appreciate how I respond to my littles. I don’t intentionally lose my cool. In fact, I start out each morning with a cup of coffee and a good attitude but, by dinner time, I am too exhausted to care anymore. My patience has run dry and my children pay the consequence.
I think we sometimes confuse biblical patience with the world’s definition of patience. The world would have us think that patience is about doing nothing. But the Bible tells us that patience is an action. A call to obedience! Patience is synonymous with being forgiving and gentle and calm. It’s a path that leads to love, and love brings healing and forgiveness.
1 Corinthians 13 talks about this kind of love – a love that never ends and continues to grow even throughout eternity. A love that radiates God because God is love and He will always be love. (1 John 4:7-8) If we speak without love, it is empty noise. (1 Corinthians 13:1) If we have faith without love, we are nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2) We can pour ourselves out in service to others, we can give our finances to great organizations, we can provide food for those in need but, if we do these things without love, we achieve nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3) Because love is the foundation for everything!
Scripture specifically tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 what love is. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” (NIV)
Did you see what is first in this list? Love is patient, and being patient leads to wisdom and discretion. It makes us slow to anger and helps us to forgive as we ourselves have been forgiven. As we study the book of Proverbs this week let’s take a moment and ask for God’s strength to love as He loves and to act in wisdom with patience.
Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Let’s dive into God’s Word.
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrong.Proverbs 10:12 NIV
A person’s wisdom yields patience, it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.Proverbs 19:11 NIV