Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

Love is Patient

Sometimes in life, we forget what the important things mean to us. We forget that God gave us blessings such as a house, church, safety, and family and friends; especially those who are the closest to us. We often forget their worth and take them for granted. We fail to see the good that they've done for us because we are too busy focusing on negative things (Philippians 4:8).

In relationships, arguments are typical, and in one argument me and my fiancee had, he asked me why I lose my temper with him easily. I replied "because I love you and I am sensitive with the things you do." But then his very simple words challenged me,"no," he said, "love is patient."

Out of the whole argument, that stuck to me the most. When you love someone, you are not easily angered with them, you are patient with them. I was showing the opposite and I failed to display Biblical love towards him (Galatians 5:22).

Have you ever been in this situation where the people that you love anger you the most easily (Proverbs 15:13)? Think about how God's love is, even though we have sinned against Him, He's so patient with us, and He isn't easily angered (Exodus 34:6). Instead of being so easily angered with us, He sent His Son to die for us because God loves us so much, He made a sacrifice, he gave his only Son to the world (John 3:16). Love is sacrificing, and when you love someone, you put their needs before yours... even if they've hurt you or angered you, be patient with them because love is patient.

I challenge you to look at your relationships with others and examine your love for them. Ask yourself if you love them Bibically and unconditionally, or if you love them when you feel like it, depending on circumstances and how they treat you. Always remember this, God loves you even though you're a sinner (Romans 5:8).