Promoting Word Study
In order for a husband or a wife to exhibit patience as defined by God; A patience that will produce change and foster hope. He or she would have to find enjoyment in his or weakness. For example, in the above story the wife doesn’t enjoy cooking but the man loves to cook. But more than that it is a talent he can use to show his wife how much he loves and honors her. His willingness to over supply a week’s worth of food for her and her guests provides comfort to her.
His enjoyment is found in her weakness. I know. I know. You would argue that the situation doesn’t require faith. It requires common sense. Everyone knows opposites attract. You are exactly right. Opposites do attract and common sense can be applied here. However, this situation is more than just common sense and opposites attracting. His willingness to go above and beyond when he doesn’t have to is evidence of
Romans 12:10-11(KJV) Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Let’s pay close attention to the word Zeal in this passage. Being able to identify a love that will produce a hope and a future for you, is found in being able to act on the characteristics of love. Zeal, as defined by Webster’s dictionary, is the eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something. In the story the man wasn’t just trying to make an impression. He didn’t just do enough to get by. His attitude about his mission to supply food to his wife for a week is the key.
He was determined to carry her through the week. He was determined to leave his presence. He was not forgetful or invaluable because he was away for a week. Instead even in his absence, he was helpful and sustaining. He helped to provide a stress free atmosphere. He’s not missed at first, while there is supply. Instead he is remembered because he gave without expectation of something in return.