Love is Patient

One of the spiritual goals of Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is to show Biblical love to others.

But showing love to others can be difficult at times.

So let’s look at Biblical love, which is like a precious jewel — because love many facets. And one of these facets is patience.

In 1Corithians 13 [The “Love Chapter” of the Bible] we are told:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant” (1Corithians 13:4).

To love someone is to behave with patience. This is one way we show Biblical love to others.

Patience is waiting – waiting with an expectation in our heart for God’s goodness.

Patience is a vision for waiting to the end.

Patience waits.

Patience waits by continuing to persistently plant another seed each new day.

Just as a farmer must wait as the precious seeds lie buried in the soil, unseen and appearing as though dead, so also LOVE patiently waits.

Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. (James 5:7b)

The farmer waits silently for the precious fruit of the earth. Every seed he plants is hidden and buried. But the farmer’s eyes are focused on the unseen realm. He looks not at the bare soil where the seed was just planted, but he looks toward the harvest.

So it is with you and me.

Every day, we plant a seed of God’s Word, trusting it will take root and prosper (Isaiah 55:11).

Every day, we plant a patient (and persistent), hidden prayer, perhaps a prayer for more understanding, a prayer for healing, prayer for the return of a wayward child, prayer for a change of the heart — a change in others, or a change in ourselves.

Oh how often we all need of this loving, hidden, and often silent, patience: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation!” (Psalms 62:1)

It takes hidden patience (and persistence) to remember that God’s timing is not our timing (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It takes hidden patience (and persistence) to remember that Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] wants us to focus on the unseen, eternal realm (2Corinthians 4:17-18).

It takes hidden patience (and persistence) to remember that our heavenly Father will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him, those who look to Him and hope in His mercy (Psalms 145:19 and 147:11).

It takes hidden patience to remember to BE patient:

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience . . . (Hebrews 10:35).

The Holy Spirit often reminds me that I have need of patience!

The Scriptures reveal how important this “Fruit of the Spirit” — patience — truly is!

•  It is through patience that we bring forth good fruit (Luke 8:15).

•  It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12)

•  It is through patience that we can run the course that Father sets before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

•  It is through the comfort of the Scriptures and patience that we obtain hope. (Romans 15:4)

•  It is through patience that we can become mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)

•  It is through patience that we learn to keep Yahuwah’s commandments and the faith of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. (Revelation 14:12)

•  It is through patience that we learn to possess our souls. That is, we patiently learn to keep ourselves disciplined, sober-minded, and responsible, maintaining our fear of God with vigilance. (Luke 21:19)

Spiritually Handicapped

Have we yet realized the importance of having patience?

Without patience, we would be spiritually handicapped!

Without patience, the promises and rewards that Father has for His children would not be obtained!

We need great patience (and persistence) to diligently seek Father, so that He CAN reward us!

We need great patience (and persistence) to read and study the Scriptures, so that we can grasp the hope of eternal life.

We need great patience (and persistence) to wait on Father’s timing for His answers.

Consider this: it takes great patience for a mother to wait for, and endure, the birth of her baby.

So it is with our prayers!

We need great patience to pray daily, persistently, regularly, crying out day and night unto Yahuwah, so that we can eventually receive ‘the baby’ — that is, receive the answer to our pleas (See: Luke 18:1-8 and Matthew 7:7-11).

Our crying out for answers waters our heart with more patience. We cry and groan with sounds unclear and mysterious.

Our tearful anguish works patient waiting in us out of necessity.

With only our own strength, we cannot succeed! We need Father to hold us tightly, to keep us near Him, reminding us of His loving care, and encourage us with His Word (See Psalms 139)!

Another day brings us once again to the patience of waiting.

But Father’s mercies are renewed every morning! Father’s hope and joy is restored every morning! (Lamentations 3:22-23; Psalms 30:5; Psalms 143:8).

And so, we wait because we love!

Love can wait, wait a long time, wait until the end. It never becomes impatient; it never wants to hurry things up and force them. It deals with long periods of time. Waiting, having patience, continuing to love and be kind, even where it seems entirely to miss the mark — this alone wins people over; this alone breaks the bonds that chain every person…. Kindness often seems so completely inappropriate, but love is patient and kind. It waits….” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We wait with patience and endurance and persistence because this is how we show Biblical love. We continue to look to Yah, every day, waiting and trusting Him for answers (Micah 7:7).

Love endures, love hopes, love perseveres and persists and waitsto the end, to the promised harvest (1Corinthians 13:4-8).

We continue to persistently plant our prayer seeds – seeds, though hidden and often tearful, yet precious in Father’s sight:

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him! (Psalms 126:5-6)

And because God is love, our enduring, persistent patience is the expression of HIS love . . . because love is patient!

Thank you Father, for Your lovingkindness to hold me close to You. Help me to endure patiently, to wait with expectation for Your goodness, and to not give up my prayers nor my commitment to honour You in all I do. In Yahushua Messiah’s name I pray. Amen.

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