The Love is Patient Verse Describes God’s Love for Me

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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 Love is Patient 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.

1 Corinthians 13:4

I used to think that this verse is meant for believers to follow. 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,

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

However, the Greek word used in this verse for love is AGAPE. 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 Christ. 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 Christ, 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 Christ, 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 Christ, it profits me nothing.

Since I have Christ, I know I am not unprofitable. I am not a clanging cymbal because I have Christ.

He is my exceedingly great reward. Hallelujah! Amen!

Another way to look at this verse,

Christ is patient, Christ is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonour others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs.

Elohim Lyrics

Elohim by Hillsong uses the famous 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is Patient verse in the same manner.

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

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 

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 

He is Almighty God 
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

I find it liberating and faith-building when I look away from myself and look to Jesus Christ. Only when I do that can I then have the faith and strength to live this Love is Patient verse out.

Be Deeply Loved, Greatly Blessed, Highly Favoured!

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