The Greek word for “patience” in 1 Corinthians 13 is connected to long suffering, long-temperedness, and expressing anger only as God directs. Suffering, of course, might seem an unexpected place for the Bible’s definition of love to begin–yet God’s own love is described multiple times as “steadfast” and “enduring forever” (Psalm 100:5, 117:5, 136:1, etc.)–and not through just the easy parts.
Your score indicates patience may not come naturally. Here’s the good news: patience is also a fruit of God’s Spirit, who can grow your patience as you walk with Him. No matter how many times you blow it or forget to ask His help, it’s never too late to develop this aspect of love! Be sure to pay attention to session #2 as you proceed through the study.
Your score indicates you’re generally a patient person, but you have your weak moments. (In any assessment, we’re typically comparing our behavior to other humans–but God’s holiness sets the bar high!) Here’s the good news: patience is also a fruit of the Spirit, so God can grow your patience as you walk with Him.
You can show greater love to your spouse by laying down the situations that irritate you. God invites you to shed impatience over the small (and large) stuff so you can love your spouse in a big way.
Your score indicates you frequently exhibit this fruit of the Spirit. There’s no way to predict how we’re going to react to disappointments in our lives, but you’re able to remain cool-headed most of the time. Way to go!
A tip: practicing patience at home includes patience with yourself. Oftentimes, we can feel “run over” when irritating situations arise. Finding healthy ways to express frustration without losing your cool could prevent a breakdown in the future.