1 Corinthians 13 is well-known for its profound description of love. There is so much wisdom jam-packed into that one short chapter that many of the words get leap-frogged and passed over.
So let’s pause for a moment on these three: “Love is patient…” (verse 4)
Here’s a very practical application about how to be loving and patient at the same time: “It’s better to sleep on what you plan to do, than to be kept awake by what you’ve done” (Anonymous).
How good is that? Since we are called to be people of love, we are called to be people of patience. To be deliberate, not reactionary; to be wise, not foolish; and to be understanding, instead of just always assuming the worst.
Are you tempted to flail, wail, and acrimoniously accuse? Be honest.
If so, maybe you should sleep on it. “It’s better to sleep on what you plan to do, than to be kept awake by what you’ve done.”
Since we are called to be people of love, we are called to be people of patience.
By Matthew Ruttan
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