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  • Writer's pictureLuke Shackelford

Love is Patient

Over the past few weeks, God has led me to the conclusion that faith is synonymous with the pursuit of Jesus. Faith begins as a simple submission to Jesus, without agenda, and leads us down a path in pursuit of becoming like Him.


With this realization, we are left with the question, what does pursuing Jesus look like in our day to day lives? While this can look very different for each of us, there is one common factor in all of our paths of pursuing Jesus and that is love.


The life and work of Jesus, all that He accomplished on behalf of God, and all that it means to pursue Him is summed up in the meaning of love. No matter what our pursuit of Jesus looks like and no matter how different my path is from yours, the common factor in both of our stories will always be love.


What I want to do for the next few weeks is take time to break down love and make it practical by coming out of the description of love given to us in 1 Corinthians 13.


So, we begin with, love is patient.


Patience by definition is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

Patience minimizes the value of our own timeline for the sake of the timeline of others.


It recognizes that our agenda and our to-do list, while important to us, is not of the utmost importance in the lives of others. It understands that the situations others are facing are just as important as ours and it takes that understanding and turns it into a concern for what others are going through.


The biblical definition of patience is not much different. In the Bible patience means to be of long spirit, to persevere and bravely endure misfortune, and to be longsuffering, mild, and slow to anger or in avenging.


Patience is slow to anger just like God told Moses He was when He revealed His character is Exodus 34:6.


Who else do we know that is slow to anger and patiently bore the offenses and injuries of others; Jesus, right?


So, patience has everything to do with putting others first. It concerns itself with being empathetic and putting ourselves in the shoes of others, treating them the way that we ourselves would want to be treated. Patience also seems to be slow, in the sense of our reaction to the things that people do to us. Patience isn’t reactive out of emotion, and we all know the destructive force that this can be. Patience allows time and room for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our reactions to others. It is not reactive but rather a proactive response with love, understanding, and ultimately Jesus as its goal.


In order to be patient, we have to put ourselves in our place. We have to take our view of self-importance that is often held above that of others and place it on the same level as everyone else. We also have to place our faith in Jesus, believing that this path of enduring offenses and placing our situation in His hands rather than taking it into our own, is truly the path of life and the path that allows Him to be revealed through us.


So, to summarize and give you something to try out this week along with me, patience values the time and needs of others just as much as our own. Patience is not out for revenge but instead endures the wrong that others do to us in order that Jesus may be revealed through the way that we react. Patience is all about putting others first even when they do us wrong.


Patience is a characteristic of love and something that we must embrace in our pursuit of Jesus.

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