KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Corinth 13:4 ISV” Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious or arrogant with pride. Nor is she conceited”,
We now consider the longsuffering of love. Longsuffering normally has to do with bearing with the inconsistencies or shortcomings of men, whiles patience relates more to every other negative condition including people’s negative actions as well. In math we will say patience is a universal set, whiles longsuffering is its subset. It is never the nature of our flesh to suffer long with others. It is a nature of the Spirit rather to suffer long. We do it because the word tells us so. Our feelings would rather be impatient with others. Longsuffering is one of the manifestations of love.
Longsuffering is God’s mechanism, as a shock absorber placed in us to help us live happily with one another. In our families, marriages, and every other form of relating with others. In all relationships we would need to be patient with others on a whole lot of issues. Please note, it is not longsuffering to be worried and complain about the wrongs of others. Longsuffering is to maintain, calmness by placing your concerns before God.
1 Peter 2:23 WEB” When he was cursed, he didn’t curse back. When he suffered, he didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously”. Prayer is a very necessary act in the moment of mistreatment from others. James 5:13 KJV “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Talking to God for others helps you to love them and to gives you the ability to accept them.
One other thing to do in a moment of an inconsistent action from others, is to tell yourself that you are filled with love, and you have the ability to forgive and even bear with all the wrong actions of others. Actions are mostly responses to instructions. Always instruct yourself about what to do. Note: this does not mean you do not express your dislike about people’s wrong actions. I mean there are certain actions that may be momentary mistakes, and the culprit may be ready to change when prompted. There may be other habits that people would change or stop when made aware. There are a third group of people who keep repeating certain actions, no matter how much you tell them or express your dislike about such ways. Be patient with such people (1Thess 5:14).
I am filled with love, and I’m very patient with all the inconsistencies of others. I forgive the wrongs of such people, and do not keep their errors in my memory. I always pray for such people to act in according with God’s Word.
Ephesians 4:2 KJV” With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”;
Colossians 3:12 KJV “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”;