After stating that no act of service is valuable in God ‘s sight without love, Paul moves on to specify just what love is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ;
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealousy 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 at right. Love bears all things, believes all things, and endures all things.”
Suffered long does not mean that loving always entails suffering (although it often does include that) but rather emphasizes that love is patient. This means that love does not express itself through revenge or by giving up so swiftly.
Instead, love actively extends kindness to others, even those who do not deserve our grace.
What do you know about love?