Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act in-properly, is not selfish, is not provoked, does not keep a record of wrongs, finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
God wants us to love everybody just like Jesus did, and this really isn’t easy. We get mad and frustrated at people when they don’t:
- Like the things we like,
- Share our Biblical opinions and/or world views.
- Behave the way we think is right.
- Believe what we believe.
- Do things the way we see fit
- Do the right thing when obviously what they are doing is the wrong thing.
It’s hard not to get frustrated when people do these things, but God asks us to love these people, this meaning we have to try to be patient and kind toward the people who may not know God’s love, or may have a different opinion on what is right and/or wrong. By being kind, and just having patience with that person, you are showing God’s love, even if that person doesn’t know it, eventually he/she will end up wondering how you have patience and kindness.
How do you learn to have patience and kindness for somebody who really gets on your nerves? Well, you pray. Pray for the love and the kindness that Jesus had. Take a piece of paper and write down the names of people who you need to have more patience, starting with family members. No matter how close you and your family are, everybody can still work on patience. Then move on to the people who you just don’t care to be around, then move on to the people you cannot stand.
You are amazing, thank You so much for all the people you have put in my life, please help me to get along with them. Please help me to love them like you would; patiently, kindly, not boastfully, or conceitedly, more than anything else please help me be patient.