Love Is Patient

1 Corinthians 13:4

If God were not patient with us he would not have provided mercy and grace, instead he would have punished us according to the way our sin deserved. We are to do the same by having patience toward each other and abstaining from vengeance, hatred and animosity towards those who wrong us.

Trust me, I am learning this each day and have realized that taking a deep breath and bridling my tongue while thinking about my situation before exploding in anger towards a person develops wisdom, shows tolerance, calms down an escalating situation and can be explained with this verse: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (Proverbs 16:32)

If you desire to be like Jesus and walk the talk than you need to start challenging your inner being with mind, body and spirit exercises that will slowly transform you into the likeness of Jesus. This takes time and as followers of Christ we are to live out the human experience, which is what Jesus meant when he said we must suffer.

Suffering in this context is living out the human experience and the tools Jesus gives us require spiritual instructions and daily practice. We need to develop the attitude that Jesus had when he dealt with the Apostles. Jesus was patient with them throughout his ministry on earth.

The best way to develop patience is through prayer. The night before Jesus chose the apostles he prayed. He was prepared and did not make decisions without consulting Father God. This is what patience is all about. What happens when we are not patient? Let’s just say that being patient shows restraint, humility, wisdom, strength of mind and love. Jesus was patient with us. Do the same in your relationship to others.

Pastor Ross

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