Jesus 
loves you!
He proved it!
Jesus 
loves you!
He proved it!
We Love   We Accept  We Forgive  "Love Is TMEW" "The Way of Love"

As you read through the following characteristics of love, determine which ones you need to focus on in order to mature spiritually and to fulfill Jesus’ command to love others as your self.
This page was last updated: March 11, 2015
Jesus did not leave us an excuse not to love others:  

JESUS said:
“You have heard that it was said, 
‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  
But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who 
persecute you, that you may be  sons of your  Father in heaven. ...  
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? ...
And if you greet only your brothers, 
What are you doing more than others?  
Do not even pagans do that?”  
Matthew 5:43-47 NIV

From infancy, we associate love with warm, fuzzy feelings of security – as we age, we add emotional and physical pleasure to our definitions of love.  Now that we possess God’s spiritual understanding and spiritual power by the Holy Spirit, we need to add Biblical love to our attitudes and actions.  

Wait just one minute!  I cannot love my enemies.  I cannot love those weirdoes walking the streets.  I can’t love those devil worshippers.  I can’t love those drug pushers, child molesters, homosexuals, hate mongers, self-centered jerks ...!  You’re right!  You can’t!  But God can and does!   You are God’s vessel in which He grows the fruit of agape from which He loves the world He sent His Son to save!

Jesus and His disciple, John, would not have commanded and encouraged us to love God and to love one another if it was impossible for us to do so.  
Biblical love is possible if we choose to be God’s 
agape message and messenger.  

Throw open the doors of your heart and the
love of Christ will pour forth from you to refresh 
a dying world!  And you will discover the healing 
power His agape brings to your relationships – vertical and  horizontal. 
Don’t wait until you feel like it, or you may never open the doors. 
Jesus said:
"Greater love has 
no one than this, 
than to lay down one's 
life for his friends.  
You are My friends 
if you do whatever I command you. ... 
These things I 
command you, that 
you love one another." 
John 15:13-14, 17 NKJV


“Though I speak with the tongues of men 
and of angels, 
but have not love, 
I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
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.” 
I Corinthians 13:1-8a NKJV 

14 ~ LOVE HOPES ALL THINGS, even when nothing appears to be going 
        my way.  Love expects fulfillment of God’s plan and anticipates the 
        best for the other person.  Love confidently entrusts others to the 
        Lord to do His sovereign and perfect will in their lives.

15 ~ LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS, especially when I think I just can’t 
        endure the people or circumstances in my life.  Love remains   
        steadfast under suffering or hardship without yielding and returns 
        a blessing while under going trials.

16 ~ LOVE NEVER FAILS, even when I feel overwhelmed and the  
        situation seems hopeless.  Love will not crumble under pressure or
        difficulties. Love remains selflessly faithful even to the point of  
        death.
8 ~ LOVE IS NOT PROVOKED, even when others attempt to provoke me 
      or I am tempted to strike out at something or someone.  Love is not      
      aroused or incited to outbursts of anger.  Love continues faithfully 
      and gently to train others in righteousness, even when they fail.

9 ~ LOVE DOES NOT REMEMBER WRONGS SUFFERED, even when             everyone seems to be against me and when people openly attack me.               Love does not hold a grudge against someone.  Love forgives, chooses 
      not to bring up past wrongs in accusation or retaliation, does not       
      return evil for evil, and does not indulge in self pity.  Love covers a       
      multitude of sins.

10 ~ LOVE DOES NOT REJOICE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, even when 
       it seems like a misfortune was exactly what another person deserved. 
       Love mourns over sin, its effects, and the pain which results from  
       living in a fallen world.  Love seeks to reconcile others to God by faith 
       in Jesus.

11 ~ LOVE REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH, even when it is easier and        
       more profitable materially to lie.  Love is joyful when truth is known, 
       even when it may lead to adverse circumstances, reviling, or 
       persecution.

12 ~ LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, even when disappointments seem over- 
       whelming.  Love is tolerant, endures with others who are difficult to                understand or deal with, and has an eternal perspective in    
       difficulties.  Love remembers that God develops spiritual maturity 
       through difficult circumstances.

13 ~ LOVE BELIEVES ALL THINGS, even when others’ actions are  
       confusing and hypocritical and I feel like not trusting anyone.  Love 
       accepts trustfully, does not judge people’s motives, and believes others 
       until facts prove otherwise.  Even when facts prove that the other 
       person is untrustworthy, love seeks to help restore the other to 
       trustworthiness. 
1 ~ LOVE IS PATIENT, even when I feel like 
      forcefully expressing myself. Love bears 
      pain or trials without complaint, shows 
      forbearance under provocation or strain, 
      and is steadfast despite opposition, 
      difficulty, or adversity.

2 ~ LOVE IS KIND, even when I want to 
      retaliate physically or tear down another 
      with my words.  Love  is sympathetic, 
      considerate, gentle and agreeable.

3 ~ LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS, especially when 
      I am aware that others are being noticed 
      more than I am.  Love does not participate 
      in revelry, is not hostile toward one believed to enjoy an advantage, 
      and is not suspicious.  Love works for the welfare and good of the 
      other person.

4 ~ LOVE DOES NOT BRAG, even when I want to tell the world about               my accomplishments.  Love does not flaunt itself boastfully and does not       engage in self-glorification.  Instead, love lifts (builds up) others.

5 ~ LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT, even when I think I am right and others
      are wrong.  Love does not assert itself or become overbearing in    
      dealing with others.

6 ~ LOVE DOES NOT ACT UNBECOMINGLY, even when being       
      boastful, rude, or overbearing will get me attention and allow me to   
      get my own way.  Love conforms to what is right, fitting, and 
      appropriate to the situation in order to honor the Lord.

7 ~ LOVE DOES NOT SEEK ITS OWN, even when I feel like grabbing it             all or have an opportunity to do so.  Love does not try to fulfill its
      own desires, does  not ask for its own way, and does not try to       
      acquire anything for itself.  Love, as an act of the will, seeks to serve                 and not be served. 
This is LOVE, 
that we WALK according 
to His commandments.
This is the commandment, 
that as you have 
heard from the beginning, 
you should WALK in it. 
2 John 6 NKJV
Do not love the world 
or the things in the world. 
If anyone loves the world, 
the love of the Father 
is not in him.
1 John 2:15 NKJV
  Jesus 
   loves you!
He proved it!
"For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One 
died for all, then all died; 
and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, 
but for Him who died 
for them and rose again." 
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NKJV

"Let all that you do be done with love." 
1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV 
"Love does no harm 
to a neighbor; 
therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." 
Romans 13:10 NKJV
Love IS Our Motive ...
The “love” we seek and desire to give is God’s agape – the purposeful commitment to sacrificial action on behalf of others. Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf was motivated by His Will and Love:  

. . . God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
Romans 5:8 NIV

It is impossible for us “to love” (agapeo) as God agapes.  BUT as born again believers, we are now able to understand the things of God.  

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things 
that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, 
and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  
I Corinthians 2:14 NIV

As believers, we have the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, within us.  Not only do we have understanding, we possess His power to manifest the spiritual fruits in and with our lives. 

Love (agape) is the first fruit of the Spirit, followed by joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galations 5:22-23a). Have you ever heard a believer say, “Don’t pray for patience or you’ll get it through a trial.”  Yet as believers we are quick to pray for joy and peace – things we want to receive from God to offset the difficulties of life.  

All the fruits of the Spirit are characteristics of God Himself, which He has freely endowed us with by His indwelling Spirit.  These fruits ripen as we mature spiritually, and are evidenced by our purposeful commitment to obey God because we love Him. 
And this is love:  
that we walk in obedience to His commands.  
As you have heard from the beginning, 
His command is that you walk in love.  
2 John 1:6 NIV
"For GOD so LOVED the world ..."
Who is your neighbor?
Your child?
Your spouse?
Your parents?
Your enemy?
Are you allowing Jesus to love them through you?
Jesus said:
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
 Jesus said:
 "'You shall love the 
LORD your God with 
all your heart, 
with all your soul, and 
with all your mind.'  
This is the first and 
great commandment.  
And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  
On these two commandments hang 
all the Law 
and the Prophets." 
Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

LOVE is our motive ...
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