Sunday, February 1, 2015
Day One - Love is patient
Welcome to day one of the Love is... a love challenge that will (hopefully!) challenge the way you love. I know it has me thinking about my thoughts, words, and actions in a convicting light! I'm so glad you are here!
I've been blown away the last few days at how many times I've gotten a little reminder from God about this love challenge. I've seen different pillows, prints, and verses that have me grinning from ear to ear. I hear you, God! Thanks for the reminder (and the encouragement!)! As my sweet friend Sara reminded me - it's not a coincidence, it's a Godincidence! I like that!
One of my favorite verses that has crossed my path is the following:
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:10-12 (NIV)
I think sometimes (ok, ok, a lot of the time!) I try to make things harder than they have to be. But, this verse reminds us that it's not about us - it's all about Him. In your lifetime, have you ever had someone die for you? Jesus DIED for us - talk about love! And, the fourteen ways that we'll be talking about over the next two weeks don't involve dying for someone - they just involve love and what better example than our Heavenly Father.
So...here we go! Day one...
Ouch! Did we have to start with patience?! UGH! I'm probably the least patient person I know! I truly think the verses lead with this characteristic for a reason. Patience is weird - when you don't need it, you don't ask for it and when you do need it - you really don't want it. Am I right?!
Google (cause it's kind of like a dictionary, right?!) defines patient as able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. But seriously, how many times can you hear "mom, Mom, MOM!" before your patience runs out? If I've learned anything so far, it's that love doesn't offer just one more chance. It offers many - it's tolerant, stoical and most of all, it's patient.
I used seven different translations while working on this challenge and six out of the seven began with "Love is patient". Only The Message used different words. It began with "Love never gives up." I think that's a great motivator for us with this first characteristic of love. I've got a long way to go on being patient, but I'm not going to give up! What about you?
And, just in case you need a little more on what the Bible says about patience, here you go:
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Come back tomorrow for Love is...kind! I think we can all agree this might just be the easiest day!
Thanks for joining me! See you tomorrow!
Have a blessed week! Gig 'em and God bless!