What IS Love Anyway? by Jeannie Hinds
As a Christian, it is important to remember that the God we serve describes his own personality as ‘Love’. 1 John 4:8 says, “He that does not love does not know God; for God is love.” Also, the basic commands we’ve been given are to “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and to “…love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

The perfect place to find more detail on the characteristics of love is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Following is a worksheet that will guide you through the 14 traits mentioned in those scriptures. The questions are designed to prompt you to look deeply into each quality from many angles.

A few thoughts to keep in mind as you study are:

  • How has God shown this aspect of love to me?
  • Do I show this kind of love to others, even my “enemies?” John 15:12 “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.”
  • Do I show this aspect of love to myself? Matthew 22:40 “Love your neighbor as yourself”
  • Also, what can help me improve my character in this area?

I found that in most instances, one thing can help overcome difficulties in any trait – thankfulness. “But be filled with the Spirit…giving thanks always for all things to God…” Ephesians 5:18,20

Training ourselves to overcome our human nature and display, instead, the personality of our loving Father is no easy accomplishment. I suggest this. Spend a week or two focusing on one trait and look up some more scriptures related to it. Watch for instances where this quality was very easy for you, and give thanks! Or if it is a bit difficult, notice what happens when thankfulness is brought to mind.

Our mission is to be a light to the world just as Jesus was – a light that shines the goodness of God’s love!

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Worksheet includes research information copied from www.blueletterbible.org.


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