Characteristics of Love

Love is the most powerful force in existence. Love has the power to change you.

Tina S
Tina S
Dec 2, 2009
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What is Love?

There are several texts that describe what this love is. A few include Romans 13:10, " Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ";
1 John 4:8, "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love";
John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.”
Romans 12:9, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.";
And 1 John 4:18-20, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? "

Characteristics of Love:
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away…..
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
                                                                                                           -I Corinthians 13 (KJV)
This verse describes the characteristics of true love. These qualities can certainly be found in the person of Jesus Christ, and they can be found in all truly loving relationships.

This passage begins by stating, "Love suffers long". The word suffers long means, "1. To persevere patiently and bravely, 2. To be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; this means that a Christian is willing to endure sufferings of various sorts for the sake of others.
Love is best seen as devotion and action, not an emotion. Love is not exclusively based on how we feel. Certainly our emotions are involved, but they cannot be our only criteria for love. True devotion will always lead to action—true love.
My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
                                                                                                                      - I John 3:18 (KJV)

Love is kind...
Kindness is a characteristic that is so needed today. Our society has become rude in so many ways: We see it in the service we receive in stores and restaurants and on the roads, just to name a few. Often, when we are treated rudely, our instinct is to retaliate in kind. But true believer cannot do this. His conduct must be without blame. That means he must show kindness in all that he does.

Love does not envy
Envy (or jealousy) is admiration and desire gone astray. One may rightly admire another for something that person is or has, and he may rightly desire many of the same good things for himself. Jealousy and envy begin when admiration and desire turn to resentment of others for the good they have.
The Christian does NOT act with envy. One reason is because he is not worldly. He does not love the world or the things in the world (1 John 2:15). His treasure is in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). So instead of envying his neighbor he rejoices with him in his success and wishes him even more.

Love . . . does not boast

When one cares about other people, he does not find himself full of self-importance or arrogance toward others.
While pride is the opposite of love, self-loathing is contrary to the will of God as well. Unfortunately, many Christians so wish to avoid pride that they actually fall into the trap of deprecating themselves. Whether in others or ourselves, the image of God must be held in high regard. Pride reproaches other images of God.
Love . . . is not rude ; Love . . . is not self-seeking
A true believer can’t rudely talk to others. Many situations in life call upon believers to choose between benefit to themselves or to others. The loving person puts the benefit of others over his or her own good.
As important as it is to avoid becoming self-seeking, it is equally important to realize that this practice does not mean entirely ignoring one’s own legitimate needs. Jesus himself withdrew from the crowds for his own benefit, sometimes just to get away and other times to pray (Matt. 14:13,23; Luke 5:16; 9:10; 22:41; John 6:15).
Love . . . keeps no record of wrongs
People who love others do not keep meticulous records of offenses. They “cover a multitude of sins” (1 Pet. 4:8; compare Prov. 10:12), and they offer forgiveness time and again (Matt. 6:12; 18:21-35). Jesus (Luke 23:34) and Stephen (Acts 7:60) both demonstrated this type of love by forgiving the very people who were wrongfully putting them to death.
The greatest commandment
In the Bible Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment. This is how he replied in Matthew 22:37-40,  'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." If we love God, he expects us to love everyone else. There are lots of different kinds of fruit, but they're all fruits that God created. There are lots of different types of people, but they're all created by God.
You are to learn how to:
•    Love God
•    Love yourself
•    Love your family
•    Love your friends
•    Love your neighbors
•    Love your enemies


Author's note: Ref: The Holy Bible
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