“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

Wednesday, December 5.

“Love is Patient” I Corinthians 13:4

There are lots of things that test our patience. You have to make a meal and need additional ingredients.  You send your teenage boy to go out to get some groceries, and he is taking forever. You have a program to attend with your spouse, and she hasn’t gotten dress yet. You have a meeting to attend and your secretary is still in her office on the phone.

To be patient with people, we need love.  In life, we will have to put up with lot of things.  To put up with an old car is nothing like putting up with a neighbor who plays a loud music.  Putting up with a sewing machine is nothing like putting up with a child who does not want to do his or her homework.  To deal with people, we need love.  Love is the only thing that can help us tolerate others, from our family to our coworkers.

If love is the thing we need to tolerate or put up with others, then we ought to be patient with everyone.  Paul spoke about love in his letter to the Church at Corinth.  In this excellent piece, Paul points out that to be patient, one needs to love.  “Love is Patient.” It makes a lot of sense to learn to love people in order to tolerate them.  The Christian journey will be effective if we learn to love.  That is why Jesus Christ admonishes us to love God with all our being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This is too important.  Without it, we are going to fail on this Christian journey.  Let us ask God to give us the spirit of love, to put up with people.

Memory verse: Ephesians 4:2-3

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” Helen Keller