Love Is Patient

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 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. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

Paul, what are you saying? I thought we were studying about love; so how does patience come into the discussion? 
 
He partly answers that question when He says Love is kind: because if a person’s heart is full of love and she sees a need, she will be patient and helpful to those around her even those who do not love her. Remember Jesus once said if we receive a slap on one cheek to turn the other cheek, and if required to carry one’s load one mile by law, at the end of one mile offer to carry it the second mile. Natural man may not make that offer, but if one’s heart is filled with fruit of the Holy Spirit, it will become easier to love our enemies.  
 
 Paul further declared love is not envious or does not boast. A believer controlled by the Holy Spirit will feel humble and find no reason for envy or boasting: because he no longer is trying to impress others, but serves out of love. Then he adds that a person filled with love won’t be rude or self-seeking, and won’t easily become angry. 
 
Does the above mean a believer will never display any of these negative qualities?
I believe as long as one lives on earth there will be a conflict between flesh and Spirit, and sometimes the flesh is weak and will yield to evil, but it will not be a habitual way of life. And when it happens, we can confess our sin: for “If we confess our sins, God will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1: 9.
 
Father, Thank you for loving Your children with an everlasting love. Sometimes we fail to live up to Your standard, and sin is a serious matter, but thank You for Your grace and mercy, and thanks for Jesus, Who made our relationship possible Amen.  
    

Doris Lisemby