Love Is Patient
In order to love with a purpose and commitment, you must remain patient. To be persistent and never give up on someone is the ultimate gift for them. This is true even if you are having a hard time showing them the love they deserve.
If you are having a hard time loving someone you have committed your life to, just imagine God’s love for us and what he sacrificed in order for us to be saved.
Love Is Kind
Kindness is often seen as a shallow virtue, but it can be one of the deepest and most thoughtful ones. The word itself comes from kindle, which means to make warm or light up with fire.
It is an act that requires patience and understanding in all its subtleties because you never know how someone will react until they are faced with adversity; thus, being able to stand by them through thick-or-thin requires and kind and sincere love.
Love Does Not Envy
Envy is the tendency to see other people’s success as a detriment. We often envy our classmates, friends, and even family members for their successes in life because we are so self-conscious of ourselves not being able to do what they can or vice versa.
Envy is one of those emotions we all struggle with from time to time. If you find yourself feeling envious of another person, show them love instead and then you will both feel better.
It is impossible to live without experiencing some type of envy in your lifetime. It can be something as simple as wanting a different toy than the one you have, or more complicated such as feeling jealous when someone else gets promoted at work while you are stuck on the same level.
Envy comes from many things: Wanting what others possess; The fear that we don’t measure up compared to people around us; And any other thing where our own good seems lesser by comparison.
Although it may be hard at first, you must realize that envy is the opposite of love. When you love someone, you will always want the best for them.
Love Does Not Boast
The thing about love is that at its core it’s about selflessness.
To be boastful is to be fully focused on one’s self. This is truly contradictory to what it means to love. To love is to give yourself entirely.
Love Is Not Proud
Pride is a fear-based feeling and one that will eventually kill any love. Pride resents, blames, doubts, and takes while giving only when it feels like it or has something to gain in return.
Love on the other hand listens with empathy instead of talking down to people; forgives mistakes without resentment as well as gives freely without taking more than what’s needed from others; apologizes for errors not expecting anything back but understanding where they came from if given an opportunity.
It Does Not Dishonor Others
To dishonor someone means that you bring shame or disgrace to them. Love does not dishonor because love is not embarrassing, demeaning, or improper.
Love will never force anything upon others. It will never take away the value of another.
Love Is Not Self Seeking
In order to honor others the way God desires us to, we cannot seek what is best for ourselves. Therefore it is not self‐seeking. It will always look to find what is best for others.
Love Is Not Easily Angered
It is often difficult to love others and we may experience times when our patience has been tried by the people around us.
However, as Paul tells his readers in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it is important that they not be provoked or seek their own way because this can lead to anger which will have more powerful consequences than a little inconvenience from other people’s behavior.
Love does not seek to get its own way in the wrong manner or when it’s provoked but rather lets go of resentment because love is understanding and forgives even those who are offensive against us.
I’m sure you’ve all been there before where someone has done something that displeased you.
It’s important to remember that love never reacts in self-defense or retaliation. If you find yourself in that situation try to find your way back to love.
Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs
Paul’s message to the Corinthian believers is clear: there should be no lawsuits between Christians.
The idea of not keeping a list of wrongs straight connects with Paul’s words earlier in his epistle, where he admonishes church members who are suing other Christian congregants for various reasons.
This can be explained in much simpler terms however. If you want to be more christ like, then you simply need to forgive those of their wrongdoings.
In doing so, you must forget and not keep track of the things that people have done to you.
Basically, love can’t and won’t hold a grudge.
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1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.