Paul tells us that love from the Holy Spirit is patient; it is not focused on being "right" or even "justified". 

Every person has been frustrated with someone else at some point in their lives. When we are faced with the temptation to sit in anger, It's important to know that these scenarios are actually opportunities for us to give more grace to others and give them the chance to discover the love of God on a more intimate level.

This passage helps us to realize we have the ability to give grace beyond our limited human capacity. 

If we refer to Galatians 5, we see that patience, kindness, peace, and self-control are some fruits of the Spirit. And those only come through dealing with difficult situations that show us God's grace.

In dating, you have grace to forgive and seek God to let you know what you need to do next. If anything, he'll probably give you the chance to use a lot of self-control if there are a bunch of triggers in our lives that bring up past wounds. 

Additionally, God tells us to process through how people have hurt us while preparing us for another situation in which we can practice patience, self-control, peace, and kindness so we can grow in one of those fruits of the Spirit. 

Lastly, God wants us to be in relationship with him so that the fruits of the Spirit are reachable with the strength of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within us.


Author | Brad Schiebel