Attributes of Love
13 Attributes of Biblical Love
Lets take a look at a Scriptural definition of love. Look up 1 Co. 13:4-7 in your bible. (NASB version used here) As you read this, think about how fantastic it would be if you put this into practice in your marriage relationship.
Love is patient. It endures and is not easily offended. Its not in a hurry and it waits upon the Lord.
Love is kind. It is considerate of the others need. It is encouraging and tender in nature. It seeks to bless rather than retaliate.
Love is not jealous. It is content. It is not competitive.
Love does not brag and is not arrogant. It is humble and gracious.
Love does not act unbecomingly. It is not rude, but courteous.
Love does not seek its own. It is not selfish. It esteems others before self.
Love is not provoked. It is good tempered, rather than irritable.
Love does not take into account a wrong suffered. It is not vindictive. It is forgiving.
Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It does not run to expose the sin of another, but is glad to see when someone else does right.
Love bears all things. It does not need to gossip or expose another persons faults.
Love believes all things. It is trusting rather than cynical. It looks for the best in others.
Love hopes all things. It does not give way to despondency. It does not give up.
Love endures all things. It is not easily overtaken. It can outlast any ordeal or problem.
I know all of us can see what a difference it would make if we applied these biblical principles to our marriage. It's not through just doing it as some sort of "program" you put into practice hoping your mate will appreciate you for doing it. It has to be really a result of you allowing the Holy Spirit to express Himself in your life.