We begin to examine the first of the characteristics Paul gives us of the love that he prizes so highly.
We look at what patience is and how believers should conduct themselves towards those who hurt them. We should never repay evil with evil but with good. We should seek peace and pursue it.
In all this we have Christ as our supreme example. He entered a sinful world and was hated by his own creatures. They despised Him and mocked Him, calling Him demon-possessed, a drunkard and one who worked in league with the Devil. Betrayed by a friend and unjustly condemned to a cruel death on the cross, no-one has ever been hurt as He was. Yet He never opened His mouth in vengeance but rather prayed for the forgiveness of His enemies.
We see that it is only our pride that makes us feel hurt by the offences of others. The more we see our truly humble condition, the less significant will these incidents appear to us.
We are all encouraged to grow in this love and to know this patience in our hearts with one another.