Love suffers long

Today I was musing and praying over 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love suffers long. Love is kind; it is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not puffed up.” Isn’t it interesting that the definition of love starts with it suffering long, not being kind or anything else. Love suffers long. It just happened that I just gave a lesson on God is long suffering to some preschoolers on Sunday. Just the words long suffering or suffers long does not sound pleasant at all. Why would I want to suffer long? How can I possibly have that kind of love? Impossible! Not only does it suffer long love is kind. I always think I’m kind but realize there are definitely times when my kindness just plain runs out and I can’t be kind even if I try to muster up the energy to. It is not jealous? Oh, there’s definitely jealousy. Does not brag? Outwardly I may not but I know within I have failed in that matter. So why would God put this demand on us when it just sets us up for failure? Because we CANNOT do it. We DO NOT have a love that is defined in this portion. This love is only IN God and this love IS God. Love is not a thing we can try to obtain. Love is actually God Himself. God is love (1 John 4:8). What I need is God! God is love! God suffers long. God is kind. God is not jealous. God does not brag and is not puffed up. Oh I need God! When I get God I get love! And I get the love that is impossible for me to be. Wow!

 

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