In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church he is teaching the new Christians how they should act like Christ. At the end of Chapter 12 he writes:
But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. vs. 31
Then he goes on to tell us that no matter how faithful or religious you try to be, if you do not do everything in love then you are not doing it right.
In chapter 13 he gives what I like to call the love check list. He writes that real love looks like this:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
This is Paul’s love check list. You notice what is first on the list. Patience…Without patience you will fail miserably at being love.
Here is a clip from my talk last Sunday on patience. The entire audio can be downloaded at “The Light that Makes Love Possible.”