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Love - Selflessness

1Co 13:4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

1Co 13:5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;

1Co 13:6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;

1Co 13:7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.


G3115 = makrothumia = From the same as G3116; longanimity, that is, (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude: - longsuffering, patience.

Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

1Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.


G5541 = chrēsteuomai = Middle voice from G5543; to show oneself useful, that is, act benevolently: - be kind.

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Not envy

G2206 = zēloō = From G2205; to have warmth of feeling for or against: - affect, covet (earnestly), (have) desire, (move with) envy, be jealous over, (be) zealous (-ly affect).

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have (G2206), and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Not vaunting

G4068 = perpereuomai = Middle voice from πέρπερος perperos (braggart; perhaps by reduplication of the base of G4008); to boast: - vaunt itself.

The word “vaunteth” has lost its meaning in today’s vernacular, but in Greek it is very powerful! This word comes from the Greek word perpereuomai, which means a lot of self-talk. In other words, it describes a person who endlessly promotes himself and exaggerates his own virtues. His self-promotion is so outrageous that he is usually prone to exaggeration that borders on lying. One Greek scholar has said that the word perpereuomai pictures a person who is full of hot air. Another expositor has said this word refers to a windbag!

Not puffed up

G5448 = phusioō = From G5449 in the primary sense of blowing; to inflate, that is, (figuratively) make proud (haughty): - puff up.

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Not unseemly

G807 = aschēmoneō = From G809; to be (that is, act) unbecoming: - behave self uncomely (unseemly).

The phrase that is translated as “is not rude” is “ou aschēmoneō” in the Greek. The word aschēmoneō is a verb in the present tense, active voice, indicative mood, and is singular. Essentially, what this means is that love at the definitional level is the complete lack of rudeness shown towards others. To understand this phrase, one must understand what it means to be rude. There are two areas which we can look at for a clear definition: breaking down the word to look at the root words and related words and then finding usage of the word and its roots in other places in the Bible. Etymologically, the word aschēmoneō means “to be unseemly” as the word can be broken down as a (a negative) and schema (a form). The verb is also related to the words aschēmosynē and aschēmōn. The word aschēmosynē is a noun defined as “unseemliness, an unseemly deed, relating to of one’s nakedness and shame” and is used in Romans 1:27 and Revelation 16:15. The word aschēmōn is an adjective used in 1 Corinthians 12:23 and defined as “indecent, unseemly”.

Seeketh not its own

G2212 = zēteō = Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life): - be (go) about, desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require, (X will) seek (after, for, means). Compare G4441.

G1438 = heautou = (Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.: - alone, her (own, -self), (he) himself, his (own), itself, one (to) another, our (thine) own (-selves), + that she had, their (own, own selves), (of) them (-selves), they, thyself, you, your (own, own conceits, own selves, -selves).

1Co 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Rom 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Not provoked

G3947 = paroxunō = From G3844 and a derivative of G3691; to sharpen alongside, that is, (figuratively) to exasperate: - easily provoke, stir.

Act 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred (G3947) in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

Taketh no account of evil

G3049 = logizomai = Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): - conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

G2556 = kakos = Apparently a primary word; worthless (intrinsically such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), that is, (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious: - bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.

Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Rejoice not in unrighteousness but truth

G5463 = chairō = A primary verb; to be full of “cheer”, that is, calmly happy or well off; impersonal especially as a salutation (on meeting or parting), be well: - farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hail, joy (-fully), rejoice.

G93 = adikia = From G94; (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of charater, life or act): - iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong.

G225 = alētheia = From G227; truth: - true, X truly, truth, verity.

Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Beareth all things

G4722 = stegō = From G4721; to roof over, that is, (figuratively) to cover with silence (endure patiently): - (for-) bear, suffer.

1Co 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

1Co 9:12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer (G4722) all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

Believeth all things

G4100 = pisteuō = From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): - believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.

Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Hopeth all things

G1679 = elpizō = From G1680; to expect or confide: - (have, thing) hope (-d) (for), trust.

Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust (G1679).

Endureth all things.

G5278 = hupomenō = From G5259 and G3306; to stay under (behind), that is, remain; figuratively to undergo, that is, bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere: - abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.

Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient (G5278) in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

2Ti 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Everything we know is temporary and passing away.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

However, it is from the life of Christ in us that we have the means of escaping the destruction that will come upon the world.

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

The transition from a life of self to the life of Christ can be seen with John the Baptist.

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

As Christ gains ascendency in our lives we might describe it like Paul.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

As self becomes increasingly less important, we become free to apply our efforts for the benefit of others.

Php 2:3 doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;

Our new life in Christ is not to serve ourselves.

2Co 5:15 and he died for all, that they which live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again.

Christianity is about relationships and self-seeking does not do well in relationships.

Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

A willingness to serve others indicates a willingness not to seek after self.

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Like the man who sells his business but stays on as an employee, we are not our own.

Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Jesus encourages us with an invitation of his example of humility.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

The presence of God in the life of a believer should be observable.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.