I’ll tell you about the suprise just as soon as I finish Part 4. Promise!
1 Corinthians 13
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…” ~1 Corinthians 13:4
Remember, the use of the word charity in this portion of Scripture is speaking of “the love of humankind”.
So, I’m sure you’ve heard it said that “Love is patient, love is kind…” sort of motto, but I am hoping to look at it a little deeper than that.
Patient means “able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.” According to the dictionary on my iPod, its origin was Middle English>Old French>Latin verb “pati”, meaning “suffering”.
Some examples of patience in the Bible are from Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” And Romans 2:7,
“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life…”
In the first example, patience shows humility- the opposite of a proud spirit. I like how it says that the end is better than the beginning- because it absolutely ties in with the reward of the patient in the other example.
Second, patience is waiting, and seeking all those good things that will be their reward someday; not rushing ahead. Here we go again, a perfect example of the end being better than the beginning!
The next part of the verse says that charity is kind, meaning “having or showing a friendly, generous, or considerate nature. Affectionate, loving”
Generous: showing a readiness to give more of something than is necessary or expected. Old French>Latin meaning “noble, not mean”.
Considerate: being careful not to cause inconvenience or hurt to others; showing careful thought.
Affectionate: readily showing tenderness
So, the next time you see or hear the phrase “Love is patient, love is kind…”, simply remember this: Love means waiting with humility, and serving others with no thoughts for yourself.
And that’s only the beginning! We didn’t even cover the rest of verse four!
Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… (drum roll, please!)
Ta-da! Kittens- three of them. Two black and one gray. Their eyes have yet to be opened.
We suspected the one cat hanging around our house was expecting, but then we didn’t know if she had babies, or if she was even pregnant in the first place. Then, last night as my dad, grandma, and I were playing Monopoly Deal, my mom went outside and said something about wondering if we’d ever see if that cat ever had kittens.
Next thing we know, she exclaims, “Guys, they’re out here on our porch, three of them!” We went outside, and sure enough, there they were! My dad called Miss H. and Mr. C out to see if they left something on the porch, and boy were they surprised! Miss H. is absolutely in kitten paradise.
What are your thoughts on The Love Series? I’d love to hear what you think. I know I got a lot of stuff out of it today!
What is one suprise that really made your day?