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The God Kind of Love (Day 1) - Love is patient

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Welcome to Day 1 of the God Kind of Love.

This series is inspired by the characteristics of Love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

The focus of todays blog is Love is Patient in 1 Corinthians 13:4.

There are several Greek and Hebrew words for the word Love which are found in the Bible.

The words are as follows:

  1. Hebrew word: Ahab or Ahav (Single word used for love in Hebrew)

  2. Greek word: Agape (Unconditional love)

  3. Greek word: Agapao (Gods love)

  4. Greek word: Eros (Romantic love)

  5. Greek word: Phileo/Philia (Friendly love)

  6. Greek word: Philadelphia (Brotherly love)

  7. Greek word: Storge (Familial/ Family love)

The focus of this blog series will be on Agapé.

The Greek word for Love in 1 Corinthians 13 is agapé meaning love or goodwill.

Agapé has the following definitions:

  1. The active/unconditional love of God for His Son and His people. The active love His people are to have for God and each other even enemies.

  2. A type of meal shared by Christians (love feast)

  3. The love of God or Christ for Mankind

Now that you have an understanding of Love according to 1 Corinthians 13.

I will move onto defining the characteristic of being patient.

The Greek word for patient in 1 Corinthians 13 is makrothumos which means being long-spirited.

The dictionary definition of being patient is "bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like."

Source ( app) accessed on 1.2.2023.

Synonyms of being patient include...

  • Long suffering

  • Forbearing

  • Being tolerant.

In conclusion, love is patient means that you endure the hard and difficult things. This does not mean that you should stay in a harmful or abusive situation.

Loving with patience enables you to persevere and overcome in all circumstances.

What is one thing/action you can take to show patient love in your relationship?

Let me know in the comments.

Yours in sisterly love


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