I am starting a new section on my blog where I take quotes, analyze them a bit, and hopefully generate some discussion! I’m going to start off with one of my favorites:
“Love is patient; love is kind.”
- 1 Corinthians 13
This verse comes from the Bible.
I believe the meaning is simply to be patient and kind toward someone you love. The meaning is simple, but is it really? This is a case where, I believe, reading the words are easier than putting into action.
How easy is it for one to become so wrapped up in a disagreement and harsh words are exchanged before he/she realizes both parties are angry and/or sad? Sometimes it may even get to the point of when one cannot even face the other without blood pressures being raised.
The big question is: How often is this caused because one misunderstood the other or because someone feels underappreciated?
If we can remember to be patient and be kind with our loved ones and remember that no matter the disagreement or misunderstanding, underneath it all, there is love, then we are already acting upon these powerful words.
Here are just some ways to apply this quote:
- Taking a minute to breathe and remember the love shared with one another
- A simple hug to soothe the tension
- Remembering happy moments in your lives
- Giving each other a moment or two to collect your thoughts
- A simple ‘thank you’ for even a mundane task
- Remembering to say ‘I love you’
- Holding hands whenever possible
- Doing a little chore that the other may not enjoy without asking
- Surprising the other with a romantic gesture (a night out, a homemade card, a homemade dessert, etc.)
Who can find this applicable?
Any one who has ever loved – family, friends, significant others, and/or pets. Whether one is religious or not, whether one believes in a faith or not, this verse is applicable to every one, in my opinion. We all can feel love and we all are capable of being kind and patient to those we love.
The significance to me:
Honestly, the first time I heard of this quote was when I watched A Walk to Remember and not when reading the Bible. This movie was very significant during my teenage years and has stuck with me since. I believed I related to simple Jamie in several ways, and when you are a teenager and find someone to relate to, then that person sticks with you for a while. Of course, at this point, I have read and love the book, as well, but it was the movie who introduced me to this quote first.
This verse is something I hold dear to my heart. In fact, I chose this Bible passage as one of the two that was read during my husband’s and my wedding ceremony. I try to apply it to my every day life with my husband, my dog, my family, and my friends. It’s a quote that I firmly believe. Sometimes I find it easy, and sometimes I find it more challenging. However, in the end, love comes through and with it patience and kindness.
What are your thoughts?
Do you agree? Do you disagree? Is this verse relatable to you?