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When you think about patient people, who comes to mind? I know many mothers who are patient. They lovingly tend their baby or small child. Nurses and CNAs are patient too. They often care for people who feel ill and cantankerous.
When I think of patient people, I also think of the paraprofessional staff at elementary schools. Paras must have great patience to do their job. They deal with one or more children having special physical or emotional needs. They may assist the child in the bathroom, help with wheel chairs or other devices, assist in the classroom and help the child socially – all while documenting the day’s activities. Paras support the child all day, every school day. I’ve know paras who’ve been punched, slapped and kicked. They can’t retaliate or lash out in frustration. Their job is to support the child in spite of trying behavior. This is the type of patience you might call “long suffering.”
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes true love. No, not the romantic idea of love. But the type of love God has for us and that his Spirit produces in us. Listen to I Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” (NIV) The very first description of love is patience. It is the ability to put up with people, even when they try our nerves. Today, show love by being patient.
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