Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LOVE is patient

AGAPE is patient.

That sounds so nice, but what does it really mean?

As we examine each descriptive phrase Paul uses to define the nature of AGAPE in 1 Cor. 13, I will tap into some of my favorite online study tools.  I encourage you to use these tools in your own study as well!

According to BibleStudyTools.Com
"Patience implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue... We need to "wait patiently" for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove."

According to Biblehub.com
Patience is "...remaining under, endurance; steadfastness, especially as God enables the believer to "remain (endure) under" the challenges He allots in life." 

According to StudyLight.org
Patience in the New Testament is "...the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings."

From the above notes it's pretty obvious that patience is rooted in mission; having a purpose, knowing what it is and choosing to remain focused on it and faithful to it no matter what obstacles, hardships, setbacks or inujustices come along.  Christian patience sees all of life through a FAITH lens.  It understands that NOTHING enters our life--no trial, no struggle, no harship, set-back, delay, etc. comes our way--that GOD isn't aware of.  Thus patience is a close cousin to TRUST & FAITH.  It "rests" in God... it "waits" upon the Lord --- knowing that He is in control--working all things together for good--in the lives of all who LOVE (agape) Him! (Rom. 8:28)

It is in this sense that Paul says, "Love is PATIENT..."

Spend a few moments with the Lord today reflecting on these thoughts.  Ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate this amazing FRUIT (Gal. 5:22-23) in your life!

Below you will see a link to an AWESOME book on this subject by Joyce Meyer!  I encourage you to check it out!

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