1 Corinthians chapter 13 is the Love chapter. I’m sure you’re familiar with its most famous verses:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
This is a beautiful and all-encompassing description of love. But I noticed the very first adjective is “patient” and I believe there may be a reason for that. You could say that patience is the root of it all. Love is kind even when someone makes you mad. Instead of flying off the handle you wait it out and work through it with controlled patience that exemplifies true love. When I think of someone being patient I imagine someone who is very calm because to me that is the outward expression of love.
A song just popped into my head. The words go something like this:
"But mamma said
You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take"
Love isn’t easy, it takes work, and patience is the only way to effectively work through any relationship.
It’s a game of give and take ~