Love is Patient

Standing in line at the DMV is not how we learn patience. Dealing patiently with people every day is. Impatience is normal. It’s expected. I don’t want to be normal. www.shellytiffin.com #Devotions #Christianity #BePatient

Loving others.

That’s the second reason we are here on this earth, and it’s second only to loving God. And yet, if we don’t love others is it safe to say we don’t love God? Well, if you don’t like making that stretch, I’m sure we can agree that when we show love to others, we are also showing love to Christ.

This week I feel like I failed miserably at this.

By Friday, my patience had run out, and although I wasn’t rude, I definitely communicated my frustration with the IT department at work. When I got an immediate response of gentlemen in my classroom, although I made it clear I could wait, I couldn’t help but feel bad for the email that I had sent earlier that morning.

Without going into details on it all, it seems the whole transition to paperless and need for technology to work has me failing, more often than not, at loving others. And I mean starting from the beginning of the list of all the things love is.

Love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4).

Ouch! I haven’t been so much lately.

Have I had the kind of patience as a teacher that repeats and repeats and repeats until one sounds like a broken record without ever a hint of irritation in my voice? I’ve tried, but could definitely do better.

Have I had the kind of patience I should with my IT department considering they’ve been working their tails off trying to get all this new technology up and running? I have, but that ran out Friday, and I failed.

Have I had the kind of patience I should with my children who are both in very transitional years in school and who both have areas of study that need to improve drastically before the quarter is over? I pretty much failed that from the moment it started.

The list could go on.

I’m so thankful that the word love in 1 Corinthians 13 can be replaced with the name of Christ.

Christ is patient.

Shelly is not.

But…Christ can help me be patient.

Standing in line at the DMV is not how we learn patience. Dealing patiently with people every day is. Impatience is normal. It’s expected. I don’t want to be normal. www.shellytiffin.com #Devotions #Christianity #BePatient

Loving others starts with knowing our weaknesses, then depending on Christ to do in us and through us what we are incapable of on our own. (Click to Tweet)

And in being patient with those I’m around daily, I will be demonstrating the love of Christ.

Standing in line at the DMV is not how we learn patience.

Dealing patiently with people every day is.

Impatience is normal. It’s expected.

I don’t want to be normal.

I want to show others the same love Christ has shown me.

Lord help me to love…patiently.

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  • http://www.simplelifemessylife.com Liz Millay

    Very timely reminder as I deal with a toddler who is definitely testing my patience today! :)

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      It doesn’t matter if they are a toddler or a preteen, they always test our patience. I’m dealing with the latter. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Abby

    I really love this, Shelly. I’ve often heard people say that they don’t ask God for patience because they feel as though they’ll give them a trial to test their patience instead, but I tend to disagree. Yes, a trial may come but patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and when I need it I’m going to ask for it. He has delivered on more than one occasion. Thank you for sharing so honestly here.

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      I wan’t even thinking about it being a fruit of the spirit, but you’re right. It’s just something I struggle with, and it was very apparent last week. I don’t like regretting the way I acted after the fact. So, it’s time to step up my game. :)