If you [merely] love those who love you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the [very] sinners love their lovers (those who love them). And if you are kind and good and do favors to and benefit those who are kind and good and do favors to and benefit you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the preeminently sinful do the same. Luke 6:32-33 (see also verses 27-42)
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5 (see also verses 1-13)
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8
The Greek word for love in this particular passage (1 Corinthians 13) is Agape and it has this as its definition: God’s love produced in the heart of a yielded saint by the Holy Spirit. A love that impels one to deny him/herself for the sake of a loved one. This is God’s love, not our love. It doesn’t emanate (originate) from us, it comes from God. It is produced in the heart of the yielded saint. That means we have to allow the work to be done, we have to invite it. And the outworking of that love is that it impels us to deny ourselves for the sake of the loved one – that would imply a relative or someone who is close to us. Every human being is close to the heart of the Lord. It’s not His desire that any should perish. Chris Poole
As the last post mentioned, it is through difficult and painful circumstances of divine discipline when our deceitful hearts are exposed and laid bare before us through the sovereign testings of the Lord (Jeremiah 17:9-10). As Hebrews 12:11 tells us, for the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful.
Stop for a minute and hear that, will you please.
No discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful. There are seasons, are there not, where we experience the deep discipline of the Lord and that which is in us is being exposed and we are not joyful about it in the least. That is okay! However, the verse goes on to say that afterwards, the discipline that was not joyful but painful, yields to those who have been trained by it what the Amplified Classic puts as the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Peaceable Fruit of Righteousness: [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].
Conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action.
Brothers and sisters, this is a maturing process that goes beyond merely having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, for that righteousness of Christ must increase even as we (our self) decreases.
Be encouraged! What God is doing is a wonderful work that is bringing our souls under the control of the Spirit, and what a time for Him to be in the increase among His own throughout the world!
Grace and peace be yours in Christ.