Love Is Patient

February 16
1 Corinthians 13:4-6
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

Daily Reflection
In this verse, Paul shows the practice and selfless characters of Love. This scripture is very popular at weddings, but do they really know what Love means when it’s chosen? Especially when it comes to your spouse, children and family? They may get on your nerves, push you to the limit, make the same mistakes over and over, but you must remember that Love is patient. Are you? They will wrong you, make you angry, but Love does not get easily angered or keep records of these wrongs. Do you?

Do you love as you should in this verse? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, some may find it easier to be less patient, kind, forgiving, angry, etc., and to lose track of how to really love as God teaches us to—truly being kind, patient, accepting of others’ faults, differences and imperfections.

I read this story on the internet, which I want to share.
“A little girl was invited for dinner at the home of her first-grade friend. The vegetable was buttered broccoli and the mother asked if she liked it. “Oh yes,” the child replied politely, “I love it!” But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” The girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I do, but not enough to eat it.”

Do you love your family? “Of course, I do!” We all would say that! It’s the only right answer. But what do you mean by Love? So often we love our family like that little girl loved broccoli.

Daily Prayer
Dear God,
Thank you for teaching me about what Love really means. Guide me down the right path, to Love my family and others as the scripture teaches us. Help me be the best person I possibly can for everyone, especially you. Amen.

~Jeanna Spezzacatena