Promoting Word Study
But how can we find loving places and people unless we know what love is supposed to look like. There is a promise in the bible that says that God will never leave us or forsake us. In that same vein, if we define love according to the bible then likewise love will never leave us or forsake us. So let’s begin our journey by defining love according to the standard of the Bible. According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV,
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
“I’ve waited 25 years for you to change,” said the man as he walked out the door. 25 years is a long time to wait for someone to change. I think we can easily agree that this man was patient. Or was he? Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The key phrase in this definition is without getting angry or upset.
The statement above…I waited 25 years for you to change…indicates anger. According to the Google definition, if we get angry or upset while waiting then we are not being patient. Let’s face it. Patience is hard to do when we are trying to meet expectations or design. A wife cannot be patient with her husband if she has an ideal of perfection in her head of what a husband should be. A husband cannot be patient with his wife if he insists on comparing her to others.