Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. 1 Corinthians 13:4
What are the characteristics of love? We can find the answer in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Over the next four weeks we will discuss verses four through eight. Starting at verse four we are told that love is long-suffering and kind. Love also does not envy other people, and love definitely is not proud and puffed up.
First, ‘love suffers long and is kind…’ This means that love will last through all those hard times and will still be strong afterwards. If you have true love for someone, then you will love them no matter what. For example I love my parents so much that they cannot do anything that will cause me to not love them. Love is also kind. Love is not going to want you to be mean to that person. Love is going to cause you to want to be unexplainably kind to them.
‘…love does not envy…’ This goes back to the fact that love is kind. Envy wants what another person has. Love wants the best for somebody and does not want to take from them. Love wants to be kind not mean to the person by taking something from them.
Love is not proud. Love ‘…is not puffed up.’ Love is the willingness to humble oneself. Jesus humbled Himself by showing love for His disciples by washing their feet. His love is not shown by saying, “Everybody look at me.” His love is shown by putting His disciples first. We should humble ourselves like Jesus.
Love lasts through all of it, love does not envy others, love humbles oneself before others. Love others no matter what they do to you, do not envy the ones you love, humble yourself for the people you love.