1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to be patient? It’s hard. Even at a fast food restaurant we tend to get anxious waiting for our food to be ready. Although most things get to us pretty fast, patience is hard for most of us. Relationships are one of the most difficult arenas of life to practice patience. The reality is, however, love is expressed through patience.
One example of patience is David. When we look at 1 Samuel 16, we find that David is thrown into an important role at a time when Israel’s leader is not doing good things. David finds himself in the court of King Saul. Eventually, Saul get’s jealous because he can see that God is blessing David, while he was not living in sync with God. (1 Samuel 18:28-19:1). Here an apparent rift in their relationship happens. At first Saul and David’s relationship was good, but by this point, they were apparent enemies. We would expect David to take up his sword and defend himself, but look at 1 Samuel 24:3-11. David give Saul the chance to redeem the friendship. David knew that Saul was out to kill him. Even coming up to Saul and bowing down to him was a dangerous act, but David believed that the love of friendship leads to patience towards those who fail the relationship
This is the kind of patience is more than what some people would be willing to do. Try being patient with someone that cheats you, embezzlers your money, lies about you, or even tries to kill you. It’s not the first thing you want to do for these people. Patience is part of the higher calling to love, however.
- Pointing to love
- Willing to accept another person’s failures
- Holding to a higher standard
- Believing in people
Relationships of patience include friends, family, church, and even God
Patience will call us to act contrary to what we may think is in our best interest. Patience will call us to think about more than ourselves and will ask what does love do in the presence of sinners. Having patience means fighting for others and their well-being regardless of how they treat you. It means believing that no one is beyond the hope that love can bring them to hope in Jesus and healing in the Spirit.