Love Bears All Things

The word ‘bears’ carries the connotation of supporting something, like a load bearing wall that supports the weight of a building’s roof. What does love support? All things, which is the absence of limits. The idea being conveyed is that love supports a limitless load.[1] To conceptualize this aspect of…

Love Thinks No Evil

Love “Thinks no evil”. Literally, love does not take evil into account, it does not keep a record of wrong, and it does not try to keep things fair. The opposite of thinks no evil is Santa Clause. Santa keeps meticulous records of how children have behaved. Those that are…

Love Is Not Provoked

Love is “not provoked”, which in it’s most basic sense means that love is not mad, irritated, or exasperated; it is not embittered by injuries.[1] Quite the opposite is true, love is slow to anger and it is not stirred to agitation. Nor does love become resentful or bitter. It…

Love Does Not Seek Its Own

There is a similarity between Love not behaving rudely and Love not seeking its own. Because love does not behave rudely it considers others before it acts; and because love does not seek its own it is not looking to meet its own needs. So not only does love consider…

Love is Not Rude

Love Does not behave rudely. To understand this characteristic of love, we have to first understand what rudeness is. A rude act can be classified as thoughtless pursuit of a personal desire regardless of the effect on others. The two components involved in rudeness are self-satisfaction and a disregard for…

Love Is Not Puffed Up

When 1 Corinthians 13 states that Love is not puffed up it literally means that love is not inflated with self-importance. To better understand what puffed up means, picture a balloon. It’s a simple piece of rubber that when puffed up becomes five to six times its original size. Puffing…

Love Does Not Envy

The best way to describe envy is malicious jealousy. While jealousy causes a desire to have something that belongs to someone else, envy causes a desire to see what that person has taken from them. The heart of envy is resentment; it is not so much the thought of “I…

Love is Kind

The second characteristic of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is that it is “kind”. Kindness in its most basic sense is to bless or benefit someone without thought of repayment. Some practical examples of everyday kindness would be helping a little old lady across the street, holding an elevator for…