"Love is patient, love is kind" is the first sentence in 1 Corinthians 13:4a in the New International Version of the Bible. Christian weddings often include 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, which lists the characteristics of Christian love. The verses analyze how love behaves, explaining how to recognize its qualities.
Bible commentaries state that the person who demonstrates the Christian love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4a behaves toward others with patience and kindness. Loving patience and kindness recur thematically in the Bible, as in 1 John 4:8 where the text infers an inherent patience and defines God as love. In Exodus 34:6, comparable traits include mercy, graciousness, faithfulness and unchanging love, traits that appear again in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.