Love is… Patient

Those of you who follow me on Twitter, or have liked my Facebook page, might have seen that I’m still working through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, while letting it work through me.

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Last week I challenged you to really read this familiar but too-little-applied passage, and prayerfully consider a practical way in which you could make your love look more like one of the attributes. And I realized that I need to work on “Love is patient” in my family.

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So, that’s how it has been going for me… I’m still not remembering to count, but I – the one who advised “something practical and measurable” – am remembering to be more mindful of my tone.

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Rod Lampard, over at Gratia Veritas Lumens, has also taken a closer look at the passage, and you can read about how he found that “Love hopes all things” leads one toward “Love is patient.”

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I find “love is kind” no less convicting than “love is patient.”

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This is the main place I am in gaining wisdom from the Word.

I’m being pruned so I can better represent Christ’s love to those around me.

On Monday, I referred to John 15:1-11. My husband pointed out how we often hear about staying connected, abiding, in the vine, and even that we can do nothing apart from it – apart from Him… but we rarely talk about the Vinedresser’s pruning…

So, how about you?

Are you making time to be in God’s Word?

What wisdom are you gaining there?

Are you undergoing pruning… maybe pruning more painful than mine-at-the-moment?

Don’t fight it. Find Him within the pain. Remember the beautiful, bountiful fruit that will result…

Grenache grapes from Santa Barbara County Cali...
Photo credit: Wikipedia – Josh McFadden

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