The famous Love is Patient verse in the bible appears in 1 Corinthians 13:4. It describes God’s love for me, not my love for Him.
Most Christians know this verse, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.“
I used to think that the Love is patient verse in 1 Corinthians 13:4 refers to believers. I needed to be patient. I need to be kind. I need not be jealous. I am not to brag. I am not to be arrogant.
But, I am NOT patient, NOT kind (not all the time anyway), am jealous sometimes, brag too often and is arrogant most times.
Does this mean I do not have love?
1 Corinthians 13:1 says that if I have the gift of tongues but do not have love, it profits me nothing and I am nothing but a clanging cymbal. I do not want to be a clanging cymbal nor be nothing. But when I measure my performance with the Love is patient verse, I fit the bill of a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:2 says that if I have the gift of prophecy, or wisdom or understanding, or faith, but not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3 says that if I give away all my possessions to the poor or is hardworking but do not have love, I gain nothing.
It seems that love is the most important thing to have. What happens when I do not have enough love?
The King James Bible translated love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 as charity,
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;1 Corinthians 13:4-5
The Greek word used here for love and charity is AGAPE (Strong’s number G26). It is defined as “the highest form of love” or charity.
How can my love be the highest form of love? I started to think this is impossible. But when I stopped looking at myself and started looking towards Jesus. I discovered that Christ is patient. Christ is kind. He is never jealous, He does not brag and He is not arrogant.
Let’s take another look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-4 again.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but do not have Jesus, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but do not have Jesus, I am nothing.
If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have Jesus, it profits me nothing.
Now I know I am not unprofitable because I have Jesus. I am not a clanging cymbal because I have Jesus.
He is my exceedingly great reward. Hallelujah! Amen!
Elohim by Hillsong uses the famous Love is patient verse in its chorus.
VERSE 1: I stand upon the solid rock Of faith in Christ This steadfast hope shall not Break apart within the trial I am assured His promises will never fail As long as life remains He is faithful CHORUS: God is patient God is kind He does not envy He does not boast His ways are higher than my own His thoughts consume the great unknown Of this alone I am sure My God is love VERSE 2: I draw my breath under His Created windswept sky I know my hope shall last Long after my flesh retires From dusk until the dawn He calls His children home His righteous love outlasts generations BRIDGE: He is Almighty God Elohim Maker of the earth He is the Lord of hosts Heaven’s King God of endless worth His kingdom stands above Every power Every living soul His love is like the sun Ever true Shining over all