Love is Patient
Love is Patient, the first of the 16 attributes of Love (or the Holy Spirit) as described in 1 Cor. 13:4-8. The Greek word is pronounced “macro -thume-ia” and literally means “long suffering”. The mind map explains it further and shows some other places in the NT where the same word is used.
And is Kind
The Greek (original) word translated “kind” in most of our English bible translations is pronounced “Chray-stew-eh-tai”. This mindmap shows other places where the same word is used in the New Testament, including Matthew 11:30.
In Matthew 11:30 the word translated “easy” as in “My yoke is easy” is the same word as is used in 1 Cor. 13:4 to say that Love is kind (or easy). His yoke is easy/ kind. We need to work to enter that rest (Hebrews 4:1-13). If you are stressed and worried about a situation, whatever it is, you are not at rest in it. Your aim then should be to enter that rest, find out God’s perspective about the situation and leave it in His hands. Phil. 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing – is a command. We need to take it seriously because if we don’t we will do neither the people we love nor ourselves any good.
Love is Not Striving
This is the third attribute of Love that is listed in this verse. The original Greek word is the same root word as we use for “zealous” and is often translated “envy” by English translators. Paul uses the same Greek word in three other places (1 Cor. 12:31, 1 Cor. 14:1 and 1 Cor. 14:39) and in each case he exhorts us to be zealous for spiritual gifts. So, the conclusion we come to is that we are to be zealous with God but not with each other.