Perspective: Love Sandwich

Posted: February 18, 2016 in Perspective
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I’ve heard it said that the best or most important part of a sandwich is the bread – not only for taste, but it’s what holds everything together. In 1 Corinthians 13, a highly referenced part of scripture, the apostle Paul is providing a detailed description of what love looks like in action.

Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.  Love is eternal.’ – vs 4-8 (GNT)

Notice the words ‘patient’ and ‘patience’ at the beginning and the end of these verses. I believe that was intentional. ‘Patience’ is the bread in the ‘love sandwich’. It’s what holds it all together; without patience, the goodness of love would certainly fall apart.

Love is certainly not a ‘microwaved’ feeling or emotion. Love is not the ‘tingles’ we get when we are with someone we care about. Love is not the overwhelming sense of joy that over takes us when we take a bite of delicious chocolate mousse. True love however, is the water that flows from the deep ‘well’ within us, drenching the world around us with mercy, grace, forgiveness, sacrifice and acceptance.

We are not necessarily born with this ‘deep well’ though. Love, like a deep well, takes time to ‘bore’, develop and produce the refreshing water it was meant to give – and time means patience. We need to be patient with others and ourselves, giving them/us time to develop and grow our ability to love. And we need to be patient with God. His timing is not the same as ours, though He is never early and never late. Love is not a race; it is a long journey of discovery, plenty full of its ups and downs. To quote Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’, ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

What’s inside the Love Sandwich – kindness, forgiveness, joy, perseverance, faith, hope, giving, etc. are all amazing traits to have, but I hope you can see that without the ‘bread’ of patience to hold them all together, all those great qualities can quickly fall apart  leaving us with a great big mess on our hands.


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