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Patient and Kind Love

In I Corinthians 13:4-7 (WEB), Paul said:

Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

I think this is a beautiful description of love. We humans can really mess this up by doing the opposite of what Paul is explaining here. So many want things their way; they don't have patience to just accept what they have. And how many of us know people - or are people - who keep track of every "wrong" they think has been done to them? And these same people brag on everything they have done for others and deny they have done anything wrong - ever. I know I've been guilty of doing this. And that is definitely NOT an act of love towards others. 

So, I think this is a good quote to look at daily to remind ourselves of what love looks like. How many go around thinking that people are in the world to please them; they demand respect (again, those who want to be idolized). But they never respect others. They rarely show kindness and patience - unless they want something badly enough. Then they go back to their true unkind and impatient manner as soon as they get what they want. And they wonder why people avoid them. Don't be one of these people. Learn these verses and practice them. True patience and kindness will lead to all the other descriptions of love provided in these verses. People will then naturally respect you and want to be closer to you.

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May you find and keep love in your heart through our Lord Jesus,

Patricia

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