The Patience of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,…

I. ITS MANIFESTATIONS. There may be a world where love is not strained and taxed as it is here. Here there is certainly scope for the manifestation of patience in —

1. The relationships of life.

2. The antagonisms of life.

3. The philanthropy of life.And in all these it is claimed and will be manifested in —

(1)  Gentleness,

(2)  Unsuspiciousness,

(3)  Tolerance,

(4)  Forgivingness,

(5)  Continuance.

II. ITS BEAUTY. Love is —

1. Sensitive, yet patient. Not hard and servile.

2. Anxious, yet patient. Eager, not apathetic.

III. THE EXPLANATION. Because love cares for the beloved rather than for self. Self is thrown away in the interests of others, the welfare of others, This patience and all the powers of love are in its self-sacrifice.

(U. R. Thomas.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

WEB: Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,

The Patience of Christ's Love
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