THE LOVE LETTERS: DEAR DIARY, LOVE IS PATIENT....
He sat there, looking at me with a pained expression on his face. In fact, it was one of utter disgust. He didn't move; he said nothing. He didn't have to. His face told a tale of hurts accumulated; the furrows in his forehead grew deeper as I watched him embrace new revelations of my follies by the second.
As I faced him, head bowed, so many thoughts raced through my head. I tried to reason within my head, wondering if there was some way I could twist the story so that it would seem more palatable. Unfortunately, there was no way. My trespasses were too glaring...TOO OBVIOUS to conceal. I dared not plead with him. I had little hope here. Surely, this would be the last straw with this man...And then, just like that, with all the strength his grieved heart could muster, he said. " I cannot lie. This has me extremely concerned about you. I wonder if I made a wrong choice. But yet, I LOVE YOU".
It was then, looking up with tears of gratefulness welling in my eyes, that I realized , LOVE IS PATIENT.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 "Love is patient....".
The greek for PATIENT is
which means "to be mild and slow to avenge", enduring offenses and injuries of others", "slow to punish" - Strong's Greek Lexicon.
Many times we claim to love others, but have little tolerance for their slip ups. Or rather, we number their transgressions until such a time as we deem it fit to cut them off, since their quota of forgiveable sins has been exhausted. Yet, 1 Corinthians 13 speaks of love being slow to punish, and able to endure the offenses of others. The context in which it is written suggests that these offenses may be recurring. Are you forgiving with those you claim to love? Or do you store up a memorandum of their offenses; burying it temporarily under the guise of forgiveness, only to exhume it again when convenient in a future argument?
"....Or do you store up a memorandum of their offenses; burying it temporarily under the guise of forgiveness, only to exhume it again when convenient in a future argument?
If you're anything like me- prone to be offensive- you're probably eternally grateful for the people who demonstrate the patience of love to you on a daily basis. Hopefully, you can bestow this patience on others also.