Thursday, April 17, 2008

Meditations on Loving from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (#1)

Today I'm meditating on the idea from verse 4 that "Love is patient." What does this mean? This is the passive or restrained side of love. This is a temperament that patiently accepts injuries without a desire for revenge. It speaks literally of being long-tempered, this is a spirit controlled ability to endure the provocations and injustices of people and still be in control of yourself; not responding to people with anger or contempt or any evil impulse. Love can take whatever an enemy commits against them without responding in bitterness.

How do I need to be more patient with reference to people?


Myra said...

Thanks for the wonderful reminder. Responding graciously when provoked will probably be my life long project! But God is greater than my weakness, so I will pray for His power to be perfected in it. love ya!

Beanhead (BP) said...

After reading your blog these two quotes came to mind:

"Love is no ingredient in a merely speculative faith, but it is the life and soul of a practical faith." (Jonathan Edwards)

“Patience is Not a glib denial of loss. It’s a deepening, ripening, peaceful willingness to wait for God in the unplanned place of obedience, and to walk with God at the unplanned pace of obedience- to wait in His place, and to go at His pace.” (John Piper)

The Dominguezes said...

Hi Brian,
I keep telling Amel about your blog. Just wanted to let you know that if he ever had a blog, he would title it, Pursuing a Bachelor's in biblical love. Haha..

Pastor James said...

I was getting a little impatient with you not posting as often as you should, but I just read your post! hahahaha Love to read your blogs! Please keep bringing us the Word through this medium! Stay strong and God bless!

pastorprof said...

Myra, you are definitely growing in patience. Praise the Lord!

beanhead, thanks for the quotes. Edwards no doubt has a lot to say on this subject as well as everything else important. I agree, love is essential to express faith.

Piper's quote also is great, but as it should be noted that it pertains more to circumstances than people. The patience in 1 Cor 13 is more particularly aimed at people in all of their provocations.

Vangie, i'm looking forward to seeing Amel get into at least the pursuit of the M.Div in love.

James, thanks for your patience with me bro! You must love me. Ha! Ha!

Myra said...

We all love you! That's why we are waiting "impatiently" for a new post!!!!