Love through Patience

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Several years ago I got a call from a guy who wanted help in his marriage. He was really dissatisfied with the relationship he had with his wife. He told me, "I'm being as patient as I can be, but I can only take so much. I just don't know if I can continue on like this any longer."

I said, "This sounds serious, how long have you two been married?"

He replied, "Three weeks."

We might chuckle at a newlywed's impatience in making the adjustments required at the beginning of marriage, but some people who have been married for years never learn the secret of patience.

Men especially need to pray that God will give them patience when their wife is getting ready to go somewhere. They have a lot to do, and sometimes we're so impatient.

I heard about one woman who told her husband as the family was getting ready on Sunday morning, "Look, if you'll come in here and help the kids get dressed, I'll go out and sit in the car and honk the horn."

Having patience with people can be difficult! But remember today that God showed patience to us first.

Psalm 86:15 says that the Lord is a “God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” He showed us the greatest mercy and grace on the cross, for “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Show patience to those you encounter today, knowing that this patience will produce joy in your heart as you grow more and more like Christ in your actions!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!