Dwelling on Love

Dwelling on Love

Here is a beautiful breakdown of love I’ve compiled. It’s inspired from a Bible verse, but easily translates across religions and cultures to everyone.

Love is an Action

(1 Cor. 13:4-8 )

Love is patient

  • It has restraint of anger, and temper in all sorts of life situations
  • Love thinks of the other person first; lack of patience puts oneself first
  • “Patience with others is Love; Patience with self is Hope; Patience with God is Faith.” ~Adel Bestavros
  • “Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures.” ~Joseph Addison
  • “The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” ~Ralph Martson

    Love is kind

  • It is thoughtful of others’ feelings
  • It is gentleness in action
  • “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia
  • “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” ~Saint Basil

    Love is not jealous

  • It rejoices in others’ good fortune
  • It has no desire to lessen the desires, virtues, achievements or happiness of another
  • “In jealousy there is more self-love than love.” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • “The jealousy that arises from another’s achievement is overcome by developing an awareness of and admiration for one’s own and other’s achievement.” ~Dalai Lama

    Love does not boast

  • It does not need a spotlight, nor to parade oneself in front of others
  • It is humble about great achievements
  • “Boasting is not courage. He who boasts much cannot do much. Much gesticulation does not prove courage.” ~Anonymous
  • “Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.” ~David Hume

    Love is not proud

  • It always has an attitude of thankfulness in all things
  • It exhibits a sense of humility
  • “What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.” ~Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
  • “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” ~John Ruskin
  • “Remember that pride is the worst viper that is in the heart, the greatest disturber of the soul’s peace and sweet communion with Christ; it was the first sin that ever was, and lies lowest in the foundation of Satan’s whole building, and is the most difficultly rooted out, and is the most hidden, secret and deceitful of all lusts, and often creeps in, insensibly, into the midst of religion and sometimes under the disguise of humility.” ~Jonathan Edwards

    Love is not rude

  • An unloving person will do and say things, and assume an attitude of which he later will be ashamed
  • It never offends by indelicate or crude acts and words that are violent or foul
  • It is concerned about manner as well as matter
  • “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” ~Eric Hoffer
  • “The means by which men are to attain great elevation may be classed in three divisions — physical, mental, and moral. Whatever relates to health, belongs to the first; whatever relates to the improvement of the mind, belongs to the second. The formation of good manners and virtuous habits constitutes the third.” ~Stonewall Jackson

    Love is not self-seeking

  • It seeks the other person’s welfare and does not calculate what benefits he may accrue, no boomerang thinking
  • It does not do for others as a gimmick to gain certain personal ends
  • It does not say “what’s in it for me?”
  • “Deny Self for Self’s sake.” ~Benjamin Franklin

    Love is not easily irritated

  • It considers and thinks carefully before being irritable, thus, sacrificing self, plans, schedules, etc. for others
  • “Irritability is immaturity of character. If you are subject to being cross and unpleasant with others for no apparent reason, you need to come face-to-face with the fact that you are thinking too much of yourself.”

    Love does not keep records of wrongs

  • It is one who does not count up, recall and throw up to another all the offenses the other has committed
  • It forgives and does not hold grudges
  • “Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings, but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

    Love is not happy about injustice, and stands on the side of truth

  • It does not sit idly by when injustices occur
  • It is not mute about unfair actions against others
  • It takes a stand for what is right and against what is wrong
  • “The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal goodwill. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.” ~William Godwin
  • “The human spirit was fashioned in truth: that means when we tell lies the body disagrees by blinking the eyes, lowering the body temperature, raising the blood pressure, shaking our vocal cords; we become a dis-ease. When we live in lies our soul retaliates destroying not only ourselves but more so the very people we ougth to love and protect.” ~John C. Bejo

    Love always protects

  • Like a mother eagle fiercely protecting her nest of young, so love should protect
  • “In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother’s knee.” ~George Eliot

    Love always trusts

  • When others doubt, it firmly believes
  • Only hard evidence would make one doubt another’s words
  • It believes everything is possible ultimately through love
  • “I can’t control my destiny, I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There’s only now, there’s only here. Give in to love or live in fear. No other path, no other way. No day but today.” ~Jonathan Larson
  • “Love means exposing yourself to the pain of being hurt, deeply hurt by someone you trust.”

    Love always hopes

  • “Dum spiro, spero.” “While I breathe, I hope.” ~Latin Proverb
  • “What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.” ~Emil Brunner
  • “Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself…”How did I get through all of that?”

    Love always perseveres

  • Love presses on through and past the hard stuff
  • “All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Love comes to those who still hope even though they’ve been disappointed, to those who still believe even though they’ve been betrayed, to those who still love even though they’ve been hurt before.”
  • “To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~Unknown

    LOVE NEVER FAILS

  • “Those who wish to sing always find a song.” -Proverb
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou

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