Friday, August 5, 2011

Striving Towards Patience

Part 1 of a “Segment-by-Challenging-Segment” Series of 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:4a (NASB)
Love is patient,….

Beginning the discussion:

 “It’s about time!”

Immediately my face burned with embarrassment from my rudeness. True, I wasn’t the only one in line frustrated with the store cashier’s laughing and chatting with a coworker between customers.

However, I knew my tone wasn’t what Jesus’ would have been. And I wish I could say that it was rare for me to show impatience, but I want to keep my communications with you honest.

The memory verse above is only part of 1 Corinthians 13:4. In its entirety, it reads:
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
And in the Amplified:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
I was going to post the whole verse. However, the purpose of this blog isn’t only to commit Scripture to memory; but it is also for us to practice the verses’ meaning in our everyday lives.

To be honest, I’m challenged by each virtue listed in verse 4, not to mention the others listed in the following verses of 1 Corinthians 13 (:5 - :8a). Therefore, I decided to take one segment at a time, and will continue segment-by-segment until we complete the whole section. Just think how much nicer we’ll be! I’m sure our husbands, friends, and cashiers worldwide will be glad we spent time in the love chapter.

So this time we are asking God to help us to behave patiently. I’m hoping that as I think about God’s patience (and mercy) towards me, I can behave more patiently with my husband, fellow drivers (even when I’m in a hurry), phone systems that keep me on hold—and yes, even with inconsiderate store cashiers. With God’s help, I want to live, speak, and think with the same kind of patience God extends towards me.

Let’s pray for one another as we strive towards being more patient.

Here’s a little bit of how the next (several) memory verses will look:
The next verse will be: 1Cor13:4a: Love is patient, love is kind. The following one will have “and is not jealous;” added onto it, and so on.

What do you think? Will breaking these verses into small sections help you to memorize and put into practice this beautiful and challenging section of scripture?

Discussion points for 1Corinthians 13:4a:

• In what situations do you find yourself behaving impatiently most often?
• What changes will you have to make in your expectations of people/events to make practicing patience easier?

To help you memorize this verse, you can write the scripture out by hand on an index card. Or click on the link to copy and paste the verse in any Bible translation you choose. The “Preparing Scripture Memory Cards” tab may also be helpful.

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