Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient, because it bears serenely the injury it suffers.
It is kind, because it repays evil with good.
It is not jealous, because it covets nothing in this world: it does not know what it is to envy worldly prosperity.
It is not boastful, because it yearns only for spiritual reward and it is not carried away by external things.
It is not arrogant, because it thrives only on the love of God and neighbour and avoids whatever would take it from the path of righteousness.
It does not insist on its own way, because it scorns, as alien, those things it temporarily possesses here below: it seeks to hold on only to what is enduring.
It is not irritable, and even though injuries seek to provoke it, it does not let itself have any desire for vengeance, for no matter how difficult a time it may have in this life, it hopes for greater rewards in the next.
It is not resentful, because it has invested its thought in the love of purity, and, having rooted out all hatred, it is incapable of harbouring in its heart any type of aversion.
It does not rejoice at wrong, because it feels affection for others and does not rejoice at seeing the ruin of its enemies.
It rejoices in the right, because by loving others as it loves itself, it is as pleased to see goodness in them as if it were indeed something to its own personal advantage.” – St. Gregory the Great
Lord, fill me with Your love. Teach me and help me truly love.