Before we attempt to produce the love of God in our personal lives, we should know the qualities of God’s love. Then, as we master those qualities in our own lives, we will be building the love of God. These following principles of love will be supported by Bible scriptures. Can you think of others with support scriptures? Have I added some that don’t apply? Which attributes do you need to work on? When building our physical muscles we have to struggle against resistance to become stronger. It is the same for our emotional strength. When building patience, we will have to struggle against frustration. How long is your patience? Are you in control of your temper?
Proverbs 16:32 International Children’s Bible
Patience is better than strength. Controlling your temper is better than capturing a city.
The first 4 are well known. Love is patient, humble and kind. It does not envy.
1 Corinthians 13:4 GOD’S WORD Translation
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.
Love is righteous, calm, respectful, and it is not selfish.
Proverbs 21:3 The New King James Version
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Psalm 119:165 King James Version
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Philippians 2:3-4 New Catholic Bible
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vanity, but humbly regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Be concerned not only with your own interests but also with those of others.
Philippians 2:3 Easy-to-Read Version
In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.
What other verses would you use to support these attributes of love? Do you think these scriptures are being used in a contextually accurate manner? What actions can Christians take to incorporate these attributes into their lives? Has the Holy Spirit led you to develop any in particular?