More than a Heart Shaped Box

Love, when we think of love we often think of red roses in a clear vase. Or creamy chocolates in a heart-shaped box. That’s not exactly what the bible thinks of love. So what is it?? How can we achieve love?

1 Corinthians 13:4 -8 tells us exactly what love is
“Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast it is not proud. It is not rude, 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, always preservers. Love never fails.”

This may just seem like a long list and it is very easy to scan over and miss a lot if important points. So the next few posts will focus on this verse.
The first part says “Love is patient.” You may have heard by your parents or teachers constantly growing up that “patience is a virtue!” delivered with a condescending finger wag, but patience is highly important!

Why? People, suck.

I’m sorry if this offends you but it is true! Think about the favorite people in your life? Most likely they are the people who have had multiple chances to blow up about your mistakes but have shown you love. Love with patience.

1 Thessalonians 5: 14-15 says “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to one another and to everyone else.” (bold added)

I am so thankful to all the people in my life who have been patient with me. If you are striving to be like Jesus, love like he loves. Love in a way that means more than a heart-shaped box.
Love with patience.

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  1. Gma

     /  November 13, 2011

    I needed to hear this today. Funny–no matter how old in the Lord we are–we are still pupils ’til our dying day.
    Thank you for the reminder.

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