Intensity of the Flame

I thought I was running out of patience, but it turns out I have been granted a reservoir of it. Reset. Keep the flame down, maintain the heat, don’t let the water reach boiling point too fast. Thanks for God’s reminder…

The Flagship of Patience
Love is patience. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4

Paul presents patience as the premiere expansion of love. Positioned at the head of the apostle’s Love Armada—a boat-length or two in front of kindness, courtesy, and forgiveness—is the flagship known as patience. “Love is patient.”
The Greek word used here for patience is a descriptive one. It figuratively means “taking a long time to boil.” Think about a pot of boiling water. What factors determine the speed at which it boils? The size of the stove? No. The pot? The utensil may have an influence, but the primary factor is the intensity of the flame. Water boils quickly when the flame is high. It boils slowly when the flame is low. Patience “keeps the burner down.”
Helpful clarification, don’t you think? Patience isn’t naïve. It doesn’t ignore misbehaviour. IT just keeps the flame low. It waits. It listens. It’s slow to boil. This is how God treats us. And, according to Jesus, this is how we should treat others.

(Quote from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment Volume II)


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