Qualities 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
…(1
Corinthians 13: 4-8).
 
The Holy Spirit placed the love of God in our spirits when
we were born again. Every believer has the capacity to love with this agape love. But if the mind is not
renewed as to the characteristics of this new kind of love, then it will not
manifest as it should in the life of the believer. So if we’re going to live a
lifestyle dominated by agape we must
constantly acquaint our minds with what has been placed in our spirits by the
Holy Spirit. Then there will be cooperation between the renewed mind and the
spirit and your behavior will change! 
  
In the next few blogs, I want to go into detail as to the
qualities of this agape treasure that’s
within you. We’ll start here with love
suffers long. Makrothumia 
is the
Greek word for long and means long tempered. It is the willingness to restrain
yourself for the sake of another –giving up your own rights and privileges.
 
Long temperedness
enables you to put up with those who do things that are potentially offensive
and hurtful, and put up with it with a smile! Makrothumia is elsewhere in the New Testament translated patience! Every single day, we need
patience with people! And the Father has placed makrothumia in our hearts to help us as we interact with those who
lack the grace of kindness and social etiquette.
 Next we read that love is kind. The Greek word for
kindness is chrestotes , which means a gentleness that is active, not passive.
Kindness is when we show active interest in others and their affairs, when we
actively seek the welfare of another.
  
Kindness enables us to do things that bless, help and aid
those who do not treat us well. Kindness helps us to do what Jesus said in
Matthew 5:44: But I say to you, love your
enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for
those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
  
In her book The Life
of Faith,
Mrs. C. Nuzum says of this kindness, Love works by being kind even under long, continued suffering – real,
deep suffering brought upon us by someone else – Love will be very kind to that
person.
Next we find that love does not envy. The Greek word for envy is the Word zeloo, and from this word we get our word our word jealous. Agape
is not jealous in its relationships. A person walking in Agape is not focusing
on themselves; they are focusing first of all on their relationship with the
Lord, and they put themselves and their needs last. A jealous person is thinking
only of themselves and how another person’s actions are affecting them! A person who is jealous is careful
to hold on to and maintain their own rights and possessions at all costs.
    
Again, Mrs. C
Nuzum comments, It [Agape] does not
desire the position, honor, power, benefits, favor, esteem or blessings that
others have, but is glad to see other people enjoy blessings, and would rather
help them to get more than to take from them anything they have.
Make a decision
today to walk in patience and kindness, and to desire that others be more
blessed than you! We’ll continue this tomorrow!

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