A couple of weeks ago, on a Wednesday night, our minister read to us the love passage from I John, which contains the statement that "God is love." When he posed the question, "What does that mean? What does that mean to you?" ...well, I've been thinking about it since then...and I couldn't help but remember something my mom once told me.
When I asked her what her favorite passage of scripture was, she said it varies, but one of her favorites is I John 4:8. She said that she loves it because in light of the fact that God is love, you can take the passage from I Cor. 13 and fill in that blank with God.
"God is patient. God is kind. He does not envy. He does not boast. He is not proud, He is not rude, He's not self-seeking......" and on it goes. This thought is just such a comfort to me, so I wanted to share it with all of you. We can sometimes tend to create God in our own image, imagining a God that is more like us, and that's not a good thing. I am not the most patient person in the world, and when I get irritated, I can be rude to others. Sometimes I look out for my own interests more than those of others. And sometimes I can think of God in those terms...I can imagine him becoming ever-increasingly impatient with me for all of the times that I mess up.
What a comfort it is to know that He is not like me, but that He's perfect. He's patient and kind towards all of us. He is Love. And He never fails.