love and patience go hand in hand.

We rush things. Oh boy, do we rush things.

In our world we have become accompanied to instant-gratification. We want what we want now.

I mean come on we get impatient when we have to wait for our food to be microwaved for thirty seconds (okay, or at least I do.)

We rush our relationships, with God and with others and we give up when we don’t get what we expected right away.

How did Jesus do it when He was on earth?

Jesus was patient with people and He began by embracing them- by listening to them, by showing them that they were worth His time. He looked at the hearts of people. He showed them that He was equal to them.

So we can’t always just talk the talk, but we have to live the truth out in our lives, in our actions, in how we speak to others, how we treat strangers. We are to embody the gospel- which is God proclaiming His great love for us.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

By simply loving someone, you may leave a greater impression on them than you could ever imagine. The way you love could cause someone to wonder how you love that way, what is it inside of you that makes you love so greatly.

Listen to others; take the time to invest in them. Walk through the ups and downs of their life with them. Strike up conversations while in line; ask people questions.

Your love has the capability to seep into someone’s faint heart that’s barely beating and cause it to come alive again.

It may take years for someone to come to believe, but don’t you dare ever stop loving them and remember it is God who transforms hearts, not us.

 

Challenge yourself to dig deeper in your relationships with those around you. Challenge yourself to take a risk and love a littler harder. Ask God to help you love Him more and those around you more. Ask Him to help your heart grow bigger for the people around the world.

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