4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
Many couples choose this beautiful scripture to be included in their wedding vows and ceremonies. It’s a wonderful bit of advice for people who are preparing to make a lifelong commitment to one another. But these thoughtful words shouldn’t be exclusive to newlyweds. These profound words should be embraced by anyone who truly believes Christ lives within them. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, in one of his many infamous speeches … “I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great of a burden to bear.”
I find it much easier to share my love with family, friends, and the many people who come into my life and I believe love is the cornerstone to finding and experiencing true happiness. But to live a life of love we must develop the discipline and virtue of patience because without patience finding true love will be very challenging.
Patience gives us the ability to accept different opinions, helps us to be less judgmental, makes negotiations or compromises peaceful, and reminds us as Christians to put others’ needs before our own. It’s written in many scriptures, that God is the true foundation of love. My interpretation of this scripture is simple. Love is patient, and patience is derived from wisdom, and wisdom is bestowed upon us from God, and God is love. Those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.
Love can be shared in the smallest of gestures. A kind word to a neighbor, saying hello to a stranger and just acknowledging the presence of others. Love is contagious and when you share your love, God rewards you ten-fold. Love is the emotional connection to those who are with us today and the spiritual connection to those who have passed to the next wonderful world with no end.
God grant me the wisdom, compassion and especially the patience to be the best possible person I can be. Help me to walk in the light of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to share my love with all who come into my life. God let Your ever-loving light of love shine through me and brighten the lives of everyone I meet. Amen.