by David Shannon Wooten – February 10, 2018
Day Thirty-Five: Love is Patient
Colossians 3:12-13, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Exercising patience does not come easy for most people. I admit, I can get impatient at times. Long lines, slow or stopped traffic, aggravated by someone’s wrong behavior or experiencing one delay after another while trying to finish a project.
There is a strong connection in showing love to the people around us who need our patience. For relationships to grow we must learn how to “bear” one another. Learn how to tolerate each other’s differences and shortcomings. This is not easy. But if we think about how God is patient with us, then maybe we will be in a better mindset to be patient with others.
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
God displays His love for us by being patient with us when we have failed, made mistakes and didn’t display the right attitude. He desires for us to show others the same kind of love.
Love by giving patience when…
- you have to spend extra time helping your children with homework or a school project. (And they are showing visible signs that they are not motivated to learn.)
- a person is having a bad day and they are rude to you.
- someone is aggravating you because of their quirkiness, loud mouth, silence or annoying habits.
- you are going through trials, misunderstood or being persecuted.
May we depend on the Holy Spirit who is the one that produces true LOVE in our life (Galatians 5:22). Patience is the fruit He produces in our life. As we keep the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, “love suffers long and is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4), this will be our attitude, behavior and our act of love.
What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?
What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?
How does this apply to your life?
Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.
For further encouragement about God’s love and “Being” God’s love, you can listen to Newspring “Love” message series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media