LOVE IS LONGSUFFERING

love is longsuffering

 

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.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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