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
Now that we have established that love is an action, let’s go back to 1 Corinthians 13. This passage states seven things that love is…
First, love is patient. So often, we become very impatient and think little to nothing of it.
Second, love is kind. Remember every now and then when someone says something like “I love you in the God way”? Where is the love of God that doesn’t require kindness? God not only commanded us to love our friends and family but to love our enemies.
Matthew 5:44: But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
The third thing love is or does is that love rejoices with the truth. Love takes joy in the truth.
Next, love bears all. Love protects. Love bears others’ pain with them and for them. Love sympathizes and goes through ALL hard times with others and helps them through it. Notice that it says love bears ALL things. Not just sometimes and not when you want to, but ALLways. Love is there for you.
Love believes all. Love is positivity about others. We must “rejoice in the truth” and not run from it but we also must be positive especially when the truth may not be known.
Loves hopes all. This probably relates most to “Love is not jealous.” Love hopes the best for others. Love wants others to do well, to be in God’s will. An action that expresses this is praying.
Finally, love endures all. This one is HUGE. IT is basically a summary. If you get this, the others will happen. This is also the hardest one because it puts up with everything.
The Greek word used here is hupono, which is a military term that means “above all else,” or “no matter what the cost.” When an army is going into battle, the captain might say, “hold the fort hupono!”