Love is the command on which hangs the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:34-40). Meaning, every scripture from Genesis to Revelation is about the love of God, which we are commanded to show others especially to those of the household of faith.
It is not measured by gifts, visitations, fasting and praying.
Picture a dissected orange with all its segments; held together by a thick adhesive center that reaches even to the outer of all the segments in a bond of oneness.
“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” – Colossians 3:14
Like the various segments that make an orange, love has got segments or qualities that make it what it is; one fruit, but with segments. All these segments are interwoven, yet one.
QUALITIES OR SEGMENTS OF LOVE.
(1) Love is a cover.
Love has this tendency to forgive and forget offences.
A heart of true love over brims with such weight of love that makes offences insignificant. The power of love in the heart makes it possible to overlook offences, and not take them to heart.
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love.” – Proverbs 17:9a
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12
(2) Love rebukes and corrects.
Love does not pass over an opportunity to rebuke, discipline and correct.
“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” – Hebrews 12:6
It is one that does not love that would not correct.
(3) Love receives correction.
Love receives correction without bitterness or complains of trying to justify itself.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. – James 3:17
(4) Love suffers long.
Love forebears with people. It endures the contradictions of others towards it without complaining, murmuring, resentment or bitterness.
It is not ashamed to wait for another and believes so much in the success of that other.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4
(5) Love is kind.
Love goes beyond giving things, to having a sympathetic thought about somebody. It thinks, acts and speaks good of another.
(6) Love does not envy.
Love does not harbour or entertain ill-feelings about another person’s prosperity, blessing or promotion. Rather, it rejoices with them.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,….. .., but rejoiceth in the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4,6
(7) Love does not boast.
It does not speak boastfully, or exaggerate on his achievement.
“Charity ………. vaunteth not itself ……” –
1 Corinthians 13:4
(8) Love does not puff up.
It does not hold a high opinion of itself, nor have an undue sense of superiority over others.
“Charity ………. is not puffed up.”
– 1Corinthians 13:4
Love is not full of self, neither does it act snobbish like a peacock.
(9) Love is not rude.
It does not act in a rude manner, or indecent with words. Love is polite and modest in all things.
“Doth not behave itself unseemly ……..” – 1Corinthians 13:5
(10) Love is not selfish.
Love does not seek to or impose itself on others. It does not dominate in conversations, or insist on having its way all the time.
“Love ……. seeketh not her own.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
(11) Love is not easily provoked
It does not get angry too soon. Rather it tends to justify the offender.
Love “…….. is not easily provoked.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
(12) Love thinks no evil.
It does not imagine or wish evil for anyone.
” …….. thinketh no evil.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
(13) Love does not delight in evil.
It does not take sides to undo another. Neither does it desire to physically harm others, even under provocation.
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:10
These are the very attributes of God.
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” – Exodus 34:6-7
And He desires to see these qualities in us; called the “Fruit of the Spirit”.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
These character traits are not home in man. The heart of man is deceitful and full of wickedness.
Yet God desires the fruit of the Spirit in His children.
We need to train or exercise ourselves to grow them. And since this is not humanly possible, the, “trainer”, the Holy Spirit is given to guide us.
May we cooperate with Him; that He may work into us the desire of our Father. It may be hard, long and painful, you may not get it even after so many times, but remember that the righteous, even the righteous, falleth seven times yet never stays down.
Lets not give up, and at the end we shall shine brighter than the Stars of heaven.