The following is a continued list of 15 characteristics from 1 Corinthians 13. You may view Part 1 here.
Love thinks no evil (v.5)
Do you remember others' wrongs or failures with pleasure? Do you keep track of their offenses or hold a grudge?
Are you quick to forgive those who wrong you, clearing the record of their offense?
Do you focus on people's quirks and foibles instead of their strengths?
When wrong thoughts about people come to mind, do you silently pray for them? Or, do you criticize them to others?
Love does not rejoice in iniquity (v.6)
Do you love righteousness? Do you hate evil?
Do you laugh when sin-wrong words, attitudes, or behavior are presented in a humorous light?
Are you grieved when you or another believer sins?
Do you sympathize with others in their wrong doing or wrong thinking about God and His ways-making excuses for their sin?
Do you thrive on gossip?
Are you secretly happy when another person falls into sin?
Love rejoices in the truth (v.6)
Do you welcome others sharing truth with you about your life and needs?
Are you discerning about doctrinal truth and error? Do you compromise the truth?
Are you willing to lovingly speak the truth in private to those who have wandered far from it, even if that means risking rejection?
Do you rejoice when truth triumphs? When people turn to God and change?
Do you encourage others when they choose to do right?
Love bears all things (v.7)
Do you have the kind of love that covers a multitude of offenses?
Do you seek to cover and protect others from attacks or harm?
Are you willing to endure hardships for others' sake without complaining?
Are you willing to waive your personal rights-even legitimate ones-in order to advance the cause of Christ or guard His reputation?
Have you learned to patiently trust God through the darkest circumstances of life?
Love believes all things (v.7)
Do you assume positively of people, giving them the benefit of the doubt?
Are you quick to jump to conclusions? Do you assume people's motives or actions are wrong before getting all the facts?
Do you generally regard people with suspicion?
Have you learned to examine situations carefully from a biblical perspective?
Love hopes all things (v.7)
Have you given up on God's ability to change certain people?
Do you simply expect negative behavior from certain people?
Do you try to see people through God's eyes so that you can reach out to meet their needs? Do you have a vision of what a person can be when walking with the Lord?
Do you seek the big picture (God's perspective)? Or, are you frustrated when events do not work out as you had planned?
Love endures all things (v.7)
Does your love remain strong through testing, even when faced with humanly insurmountable obstacles?
Is your love dependent on others' responses?
Do you keep loving, even when your efforts are rejected or seem unsuccessful?
When you feel you cannot love, do you choose to act in loving ways-asking God to express His love through you-until your feelings catch up?
Pursue love (1 Corinthians 14:1a)
Agree with God about your inability or unwillingness to express His love.
Ask God to fill you with His love and His Spirit.
Make a conscious choice to love every person, in every situation.
Let the love of Christ be the measure of your love.