Love is patient.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Always be humble and gentle.
Be patient with each other, making allowance
for each other’s faults because of your love.
Last week we talked about the "Love Chapter" in the Bible
(1 Corinthians 13) and I encouraged you to consider writing out a Love Blueprint for yourself. A Love Blueprint is a plan to follow on how you give and receive love. Today, let's continue helping you work through creating your own Love Blueprint.
The first action word of the Bible’s love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, is “patient.” As we formulate our blueprint for love, would we want being patient to be part of our plan? How do we put that word into practice? Yes, we expect people who say they love us to be patient with us, but are we patient with them?
When it comes to the men in our lives, we want them to be patient with us when it comes to dealing with our emotions. But are we patient with them when they are never late for work but always seem to be late when we plan to go out?
When it comes to our children, we want them to be patient with us when we’re in the middle of a homework assignment and they want to play. But are we patient with them when they struggle with potty training?
When it comes to our friends, we want them to be patient with us as we struggle to find time to be with them that does not interfere with our baby’s naptime. But are we patient with them when they don’t understand why we don’t have money to go clothes shopping because we’ve spent it all on diapers?
According to the verse in Ephesians, I’m called to be patient with others in spite of their faults; I am called to do this because I love them. In light of this, I think I want being patient to be part of my love blueprint.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.