16 Characteristics of God’s Agape’ Love

The Greek word agape’ (ag-ah´­pay) describes God’s unconditional and sacrificial love that He has for us and expects us to show to one another.  What does agape’ love look like?

1 Corinthians 13:4–8   

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

The word agape’ is translated into the word “charity” in this chapter of the King James Bible.  This is the perfect English word to describe God’s selfless & unconditional love.  Learn why God’s love is the Greatest.

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John 13:34  

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Our Lord not only gave us a command that we should love one another but also how to love one another.  The Greek word agape’ is used for God’s love toward us and for the love that we should display toward one another.

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Are you exhibiting God’s agape’ love? Ask yourself the questions after each point to find out.

Here are the 16 characteristics of God’s love.  

1. Suffereth Long

Are you patient with others or are you quickly frustrated with them?

2. Is Kind

Are you kind or harsh in your actions and attitudes?  

3. Envieth Not

Do you take pleasure the blessings and accomplishments of others or are you jealous of them?

4. Vaunteth Not Itself

Do you notice and fulfill others needs or do you promote yourself and your needs above theirs?

5. Is Not Puffed Up

Do you feel the need to promote your supposed superiority or are you content to quietly live for others?  

6. Doth Not Behave Itself Unseemly

Are you morally and socially appropriate or do you make others uncomfortable?  

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7. Seeketh Not Her Own

Are you unselfish or do you use others to fulfill your needs?  

8. Is Not Easily Provoked

Do you delight in helping others or are you easily irritated and aggravated by their needs?  

9. Thinketh No Evil

Do you quickly forgive or do you take inventory of other people’s errors to use against them?  

10. Rejoiceth Not In Iniquity

Are you pleased when others sin?  

11. Rejoiceth In The Truth

Do you delight when others learn and follow the truth?  

12. Beareth All Things

Do you have a limit of what you will endure for others or do you trust God to supply the love and grace to endure patiently?  

13. Believeth All Things

Do you look for the good in people or expect the worst?  

14. Hopeth All Things

Do you expect good in others when they stray from God or do you give up on people?  

15. Endureth All Things

“There is no limit to what love will endure for the good of the one loved.”  

16. Never Faileth

“If you have ever truly loved someone, you will always love them.”    


Agape’ love does not come from good intentions.  It is a by-product of salvation and Spirit-fullness.  

Ask God daily to fill you with His love so you can love others in your life like He would if He walked in your shoes.  

How can you apply these principles to your situation?

Which aspect of God’s love is most difficult for you to master?

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P.S. Want to learn more about agape’ love? Follow the links in this article for more info. For example, Can you recognize true love? Learn the Five Proofs of Love here.

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12 thoughts on “16 Characteristics of God’s Agape’ Love

  1. I was trying to find definite bible verses on tbe three versed love of the bible, but couldn’t really find any defind verses. I found verses to Eros and Agape but only few instructional footnotes on Phileo. Help -> need verses!

  2. “ believeth all things”…
    I think this needs to be paired with, “ be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”.
    For even Jesus did not entrust himself to Man, knowing full well our nature. I entertained a Sociopath in my home, unaware, and thinking well of him, giving him the benefit of the doubt.
    He is a pathological liar, a serial cheater, with no conscience. I would never counsel my daughter to think the best of people, anymore. Trust and believe in God,
    above any person, excepting close family and proven friends.

    • Sorry to hear of your trials. I’m glad God brought you through them.
      Our faith is to be in God. We must live life knowing what people are capable of without becoming cynical. It is a fine line that can only be walked with the clarity of God’s Word and a good dose of mercy and truth. God bless!

  3. To pray for someone who torments you. It’s hard enough trying not to hate them. Much less to forgive but then to pray for them too? Yet knowing the truth; God loves them just as much as HE loves me..and then I have no choice but to humble myself. The Lord is my vindicator! Vengeance belongs to HIM! Until then I will pray. Even if just a simple “Lord help him.”