Love Suffers Long
The first phrase in
I Corinthians 13:4 is translated as either
“Love (Agape) suffers long” or
“Love (Agape) is kind.”
If we go back to the original language, Greek, we find that the word is “makrothumeo” (μακροθυμέω).
The Strong’s number is G3114.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon gives this definition.
1a) to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles
1b) to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others
1b1) to be mild and slow in avenging
1b2) to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish
by Nancy Missler
As I am getting this article together, I continue to realize the importance of prayer. Our prayers for one another pave the way for the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit to manifest in our lives! Partnering together in prayer is vital for the times we are living in and coming into.
The Apostle Paul was a committed man of prayer. He mentions prayer in all his writings, except for the book of Titus, where he starts with a prayer of blessing. In fact he begged the churches to pray for him because he knew he couldn’t fulfill God’s Will apart from a prayer partnership with the church. He also knew Heaven released the Holy Spirit when God’s people partner in prayer.
We must realize the same for our own lives, we’re no different. When we come together in agreement praying in unity in God’s Love, His Will and His Power we become a “symphony” touching the Kingdom of God.
In Matthew 18:19 Jesus states, “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” The Greek word for agree is sumphoneo. The word “symphony” comes from this word. In verse 20, Jesus goes onto say, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
We have a promise from the Lord that if we gather together in His name, HE will be in the midst of us. This summer don’t make prayer the last resort to “life problems”. Let’s determine to be proactive in our private and corporate prayer time.
The “symphony” of prayers that have “gone up to the Lord” on Nan’s behalf, have sustained and encouraged her beyond words.
We pray the below article written in 2006 on longsuffering blesses and encourages you.
To Him be the Glory,
Director of Ministries-The King’s High Way
When we encounter various trials and tribulations, we have two choices we can make. We can either doubt the Lords Love and provision, which leads to personal confusion and spiritual devastation; or, we can unconditionally trust and obey Him to an even greater degree.
Our obedience shows the Lord that we trust Him. In other words, by doing in action what He has asked, even though we might not feel like it, we show our absolute reliance upon Him.
I remember as a young Christian, hearing about all the Old Testament saints and how it was only after they took a step of obedience, that the Lord would manifest Himself to them. And, because they unconditionally obeyed Him, they were able to go on and do incredible things for Him.
Did they always ”feel like” doing what He asked of them? I certainly don’t think so. I don’t think Abraham ”felt like” sacrificing his only son. (Genesis 22) I don’t think Moses ”felt like” leaving his family and fleeing into the wilderness. And, I don’t think Joseph ”wanted to” serve in Potiphar’s house or be in prison for years. No, all of these men chose to do these things purely out of obedience! And, because they did, God manifested Himself to them. Therefore, obedience always comes before sight. Only after we take that step of obedience will the Lord reveal Himself to us.
Consequently, the response that God desires when a trial or tragedy hits is for us to unconditionally trust Him enough to obey Him. No matter what we see happening or how we feel, we must unreservedly trust His Love and take that obedient step, knowing that somehow and someway He will use our situation for our good and His glory.
To obey God simply means to set aside and relinquish what we think, what we want and what pleases us; and, by faith choose to do whatever He has asked. I’ve learned the hard way that obedience is the only answer. I’ve learned to obey God even when it’s the last thing in the world that I want to do. I have tried all the other ways and obedience truly is the only way that works.
I’ve learned that I must unequivocally obey, because only then will God be free to work out the circumstances in my life according to His will. Until I choose to obey, those circumstances are still my responsibility. But once I choose to relinquish myself over to Him, those circumstances then become His responsibility.
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Agape / Agapao
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Here’s a fun little video we did with Toby Mac’s song,
“Love Is In The House”.
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Please continue to keep us in your prayers; especially pray for Nan and her family.