Love Is Patient
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; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
These are two short sentences in a series of profound letters written by Apostle Paul to the people of Corinth. These words also represent a small portion of popular scripture recited in many Christian marriage ceremonies. And while these words serve as wonderful advice to couples making a lifelong commitment to one another, they are insightful words that we as Christians should not only live by but also aspire to feel deep inside our hearts and souls.
Sacrificing your time to feed, clothe and care for those less fortunate can be viewed as acts of love. But in my opinion, these are simply moral acts of kindness that we as Christians should be doing.
Love is much more. It’s total control—an indescribable sense of peace and tranquility that comes over you during the most stressful and difficult of times. Love is feeling the Holy Spirit inside of you, providing patience, unquestionable forgiveness and understanding. Love is feeling God taking over your body, mind and soul as He carries you through the most challenging times of your life.
God is always with us, and you’ll recognize His presence when you feel this unique, divine, spiritual feeling of love.
God guide me to live by the book of James. Give me the patience to be quick to listen, and the strength to be slow to speak, and when I do, put inspiring words of wisdom in my mind and my mouth. Please help me to forgive and to control my emotions so I will be slow to anger. Let mercy replace my judgement of others and comfort me with Your everlasting presence. Amen.
~David F. Scelba