The Greatest of These, I: Patience

1 Corinthians 13 Sermon Series

September 10, 2023 • William A. Evertsberg • 1 Corinthians 13:1–4, Exodus 14:5–14

That’s what Paul does in First Corinthians 13 with the simple, common concept of love, breaks it up into its constituent elements and the first rainbow color of love is Patience. If we love someone, we will be patient with his foibles and failures. If we love everyone, we will be patient with their foibles and failures.


BECAUSE—now, listen to me; this is very important—BECAUSE, as someone put it, BECAUSE “we must display to others the same patience God has shown to us in our creation and reconciliation. How could we offer to our fellow creatures less than what we ourselves have received: ungrudging patience continually renewed?”[1] Yes?

[1]David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait upon the World (Boston: Cowley Publications, 1997), p. 159.

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