“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don’t have.” This quote by John Ortberg is on point. I was reminded this morning while reading my devotional of how hurry and love is incompatible. It brought back a memory of a song back in the day by the Supremes called “You Can’t Hurry Love” I get it. Love can be time-consuming. Parents, spouses, and most relationships where there is true love can testify that just like oil and water, love and hurry does not mix. It’s hard to show love when you are in a hurry. Hurry leads to impatience, tension, stress, even anger which are the opposites of love. The Bible tells us what love is:

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Just like everything else, in this fast-paced world, worldly love is at a high-tech speed. There’s a reason people talk about “walking with God,” and not “running with God.” God’s love has an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. Jesus was never in a hurry. Jesus who was living out His purpose still took the time to spend with His disciples and friends. He took the time to show love and compassion. Jesus said “I Love You” with his life by showing up for all of us and giving us hope. We didn’t deserve it which tells us true love should not be conditional. Jesus is a perfect example of how to love. Love is not just a feeling. It is a choice. Sometimes all we need to do is choose to take the time to show up.  

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Jesus commanded us to love one another. When asked what the greatest commandment in all of Scripture was, he responded with “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength,” but he refused to stop at one command; he added another, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34).  

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)

How we relate to the ones we love is important in any relationship. Do we get impatient and agitated when we are in a hurry? It comes as no surprise that in the Apostle Paul’s definition of love, he describes patience first. We make time for those we love. Or we should. Life is busy and full of interruptions. These interruptions should not affect the way we relate to those we love. You can’t hurry love. May the Lord helps us to look for ways to un-hurry and be present for the people we love. Love and Blessings…

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4)


  1. Good morning my Sister. Thank you for your encouragement! I thank God for reminding us to slow down in this busy world and take the time to love. We all are guilty at times of rushing through life, instead of enjoying the journey. I love you and I pray all is well. 🙏💞


  2. Good morning Sister Curleen,

    Once again you have written a powerful passage. You spoke to my plight. I’m often overwhelmed, frustrated and speeding through life instead of savoring every precious moment.

    Thank you for your insight, wisdom and certainly for allowing the LORD to speak His Word through you. Preach my Sister; continue to spread the truth of GOD’s abundant Love through Emmanuel and your walk with Him.


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