1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth ….
The greatest capacity we have to get along in a world full of hate is in us when we got saved. The love of God is shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us (Romans 5:5). God has not left us in the dark about what love is and the characteristics of His love. It is much different than the world’s view of love and the Greek words used to describe them: physical, sexual love (eros); family love (storge) the natural bond between mother and infant, father, children, and kin; or friendship love (phileo), which is the affection we feel when someone does what pleases us and love on the basis of what we see in another that gives us pleasure.
His love is a divine, supernatural, spiritual love, unconditional, merciful, giving, sacrificial, and initiating love (agape). First Corinthians 13:1-8 defines divine love in characteristics and the first one is that love is longsuffering or LOVE SUFFERETH LONG.
God’s love has a tolerance for and endures trying situations and persons beyond an average standard. God’s love is patient. Longsuffering means to be long tempered, forbearing of evil, and patient of wrong. It is that quality of self-restraint, which does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish. It is the opposite of anger and is associated with mercy. It is exercised chiefly towards injurious, offensive people. It does not allow their ignorance, meanness, or malicious actions to arouse anger and resentment even if they deserve it.
It refuses to give way and strike back at bitter words and blows. It “long keeps calm” and endures continually.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.