Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb
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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.

When we would find it easy to become impatient with someone, we should instead be patient, for love is patient. Click To Tweet

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.

It seeks it, not just for itself and of things, but it also seeks the truth of others. Click To Tweet

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.

When you pray for someone, you are displaying to God that you have love for him or her. Click To Tweet

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!”

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8 thoughts on “Love is a Verb”

  • This reminds me of the old song, “Love is a Verb” song by DC Talk. Even if you don’t like the music, the message is true!

  • Hi Braden,
    Your post made me think if the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus commanded us s to love our enemies, and He listed a bunch of actions we’re supposed to do for them. As opposed to feelings we’re supposed to have for them.

    Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything (or matters), but FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE. This also makes me think of love being something that works…as opposed to feels.

  • My first thought when I saw your post was a song by Steve Camp and Michelle Pilar, “Love’s Not a Feeling”. I love the line, “Lord give us the courage to live it everyday.” Great post!

  • Sometimes it is very difficult to love even those closest to us. Love is definitely an action word. Dr. Ed Wheat describes many ways to love your spouse, often which becomes the most difficult task. His book, Love Life for Every Married Couple is a definite manual on how to love. I have learned so much including his B.E.S.T. technique for loving a difficult person. I know of 3 marriages it has saved by teaching you how to love an how to depend on God to give you everything you need to have.

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