How Love Behaves

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:4–8)

  1. Love suffereth long (v. 4). Love is slow to become angry, slow to become offended, slow to become indignant.
  2. Love is kind (v.4). Love is positive. Love shows gentleness, tenderness, goodnesss of heart, and is pleasant.
  3. Love envieth not (v.4). Love does not begrudge; therefore it will not be jealous or selfish of another.
  4. Love vaunteth not itself (v.4). Love is not rash or boastful; therefore it is not guilty of vainglory.
  5. Love is not puffed up (v.4). Love does not become inflated with pride or self-importance.
  6. Love does not behave itself unseemly (v.5). Love is never discourteous or impolite, and is not lacking good manners.
  7. Love seeketh not her own (v.5). Love insists on no rights of its own but will forfeit all for the one it loves.
  8. Love is not easily provoked (v.5). Love will not be excited or stirred up to anger, will not be aroused to resentment.
  9. Love thinketh no evil (v. 5). Love looks for the best and not the worst; it magnifies the good points and minimizes the weaknesses.
  10. Love rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth (v.6). Love is never glad to see the wrong in others, only the right.
  11. Love beareth all things (v. 7). Love silently and sweetly puts up with all it cannot approve. Love will bear and forbear.
  12. Love believeth all things (v.7). Love will trust and not doubt, accept and not be suspicious.
  13. Love hopeth all things (v.7). Love will not quit, will not give up to a divorce.
  14. Love endureth all things (v.7). Love rides out the storms of life, withstands every disappointment.
  15. Love never faileth (v.8). Love will never leave off, never lose its grip. Love must succeed.

~Lehman Stauss, from his book Sense and Nonsense about Prayer