Marriage and Family Series – Characteristics of Biblical Love

Characteristics of Biblical Love 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails.


New King James


4Charity 26 suffereth long, 3114 and is kind; 5541 5736 charity 26 envieth 2206 5719 not; 3756 charity 26 vaunteth 4068 3756 not 4068 5736 itself, 4068 5736 is 5448 not 3756 puffed up, 5448 5743 5Doth 807 not 3756 behave itself unseemly, 807 5719 seeketh 2212 5719 not 3756 her own, 1438 is 3947 not 3756 easily provoked, 3947 5743 thinketh 3049 5736 no 3756 evil; 2556 6Rejoiceth 5463 5719 not 3756 in 1909 iniquity, 93 but 1161 rejoiceth 4796 5719 in the 225 truth 225 ; 7Beareth 4722 5719 all things, 3956 believeth 4100 5719 all things, 3956 hopeth 1679 5719 all things, 3956 endureth 5278 5719 all things. 3956 5719

8Charity 26 never 3763 faileth:


King James with Greek Reference Numbers


The first one that is a sign of biblical love is that it “suffereth long” Okay, it sounds a bit horrible but is it really? We will now take a closer look at what “suffereth long” means in the Greek language. While also tracing the words roots backward through the language.


3114. makroqumevw makroáthumeáoµ, mak-roth-oo-meh´-o; from the same as 3116; to be long-spirited, i.e. (obj.) forbearing or (subj.) patient:— bear (suffer) long, be longsuffering, have (long) patience, be patient, patiently endure.

We see in the meaning that to suffereth long is to be long-spirited. It requires the spirit’s power to be patient to the degree, which is spoke of here. We are to be patient and bear what is going on not react in haste and volatility. To patiently endure implies that one is reasonably pleasant. No easy task.


3116. makroqumwv” makroáthumoµs, mak-roth-oo-moce´; adv. of a compound of 3117 and 2372; with long (enduring) temper, i.e. leniently:— patiently.

I believe the fact that temper is used in this definition speaks both to the temperament of a person and the inner feelings. We are to behave ourselves with a certain type of temperament regardless of our personal feeling on any given matter. Leading us into the word temper; we can be angry, frustrated, scared, and resentful yet, still maintain our self-control, and be patient in our circumstances.


Also a combination of two word meanings.

3117. makrov” makroás, mak-ros´; from 3372; long (in place [distant] or time [neut. plur.]):— far, long.

2372. qumov” thumoás, thoo-mos´; from 2380; passion (as if breathing hard):— fierceness, indignation, wrath. comp. 5590.

We must realize that we can often be talking about a great deal of time. Hence, the reason that patience is required and suffereth the term used. In some circumstances, it may take a while for our situation to change. We must take on being patient with a passion and fierceness that is motivated by our love for another. We need to use our anger and wrath as fuel for our spirit, so we might endure.


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