by Stan Coffey

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The Power of Patience
Stan Coffey
I Corinthians 13:4

We have been talking on I Corinthians 13 and about love and the priority of love and the importance of love and defining love, what love is and what love does. In I Corinthians 13:4 he is talking about relationships because relationships in the church at Corinth were fragmented. People were at one another's throats. They were arguing about spiritual gifts, they were arguing about who was more valuable to the church, they were arguing about position in the church, and relationships in the church were coming apart. Relationships in their homes were coming apart. Here was a church that bragged about how spiritual it was and yet they had incest, they had divorce, they had sexual immorality, they had almost every kind of horrible, ugly thing that you can think of and yet they thought that they were pleasing to God because of their abilities and their gifts. So I Corinthians 13 was written to address fragmented relationships.
Now if you notice verse 4 it simply says, love is patient. I want us to think around the subject of the power of patience. We said it is about relationships. Man was not made to be alone. God said that it is not good that man should be alone and it is not by accident that solitary confinement is used as a punishment. We were made for community. We were made for fellowship. And especially believers who have been recreated in the image of Christ, we were made for fellowship with one another. And relationships are important for many reasons. They are important because relationships determine your happiness. No person can be an island unto himself and really feel fulfillment because we need what we get from relationships with other people. Psychologists tell us that many emotional problems result from a person who has no close friendships, no close relationships with other people. Many times, suicide and depression and all kinds of difficult ...

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