Does your love for God suffer long?
How does your love for God compare to His for you? Let’s look at the first word used to define love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. In the Greek, all these words describing love are verbs, not adjectives.
Verse 4 begins telling us that love suffers long and extends a long way. Have there been reasons for God to be angry with you? Have there been reasons for God to simply say, “You know what? I’ve had it. I’m done with you.” If you are like me, then the answer is a resounding yes. However, He has loved you from before the foundation of the world and He will not stop loving you. He even loves His enemies! In other words, He is patient with you.
How long-suffering have you been with God? How does your patience toward Him match His towards you? Given that He is seeking to save the whole world (past, present and future), how long-suffering should you be towards God? What needs to change so that you may express a more long-suffering attitude toward God who sent His Son to die for you? Jesus was sent even when God knew how short-suffering we are.