v 2. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
The qualities of love are well-expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ‘ Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. ‘
That sounds fine Paul – just as long as things continue on an even keel. But what can we do when problems arise – and the other guy is at fault? (Now, it wouldn’t be ME at fault would it!) That is the moment when love is tested, and is the reason why he writes Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Of course, love gets tested, and even pushed to the limits on occasions. Love is not all jolly and straightforward, and the very self-protective me is at fault sometimes! That is probably why Paul puts patience at the head of his list in 1 Cor 13, and as the fundamental requirement for love-in-practice in today’s reading.
Praises be, though, love is only in the Christian’s DNA because love is God’s DNA – not just IN God’s DNA, but God is love. Love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit, and God longs to see it perfected in us.
How will patient love work out in your life today?
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