Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pe 4:8 NASB
I have struggled with patience all of my life. I’ve learned to be patient in rush hour traffic, long lines at the store, and in waiting for Christmas to come. However, a harder lesson for me has been in the area of being patient with people. While I am usually patient over the long haul, the intricacies of day-to-day interactions often trip me up. Apparently I am not alone in my struggles because the biblical commands for us to love each other so often connect love with patience or longsuffering.
Love is patient (1 Cor 13:4 NASB). The King James Version translates the same verse as “charity suffereth long”. Loving others is not always easy. To fulfill God’s command for loving our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, it takes patient endurance through the tough times in a relationship. Tough times are inevitable in the good ones. However, biblical love will get us through the tough stuff.
The bible says to keep fervent in our love for one another above all else, because love covers a multitude of sins—and we are all sinful creatures. Fervency consists of effort, action and communication, indicating that love is not passive. Our intimate relationships (e.g. spouse, family, inner circle friendships) require this effort most of all because we have the most investment in them and we see more of their sins. I wonder how many good relationships end prematurely because of our impatience and the fact that pop psychology today tells us to run for the hills when the going gets tough.
Love is a challenge, but God in His own longsuffering with us has given us the perfect model to follow. Additionally, He has given us the power to overcome the challenges through His word and His spirit. How has God’s word challenged you today in your relationships? How will you use His power today to fervently love someone else?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.