“Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” ( 1 Corinthians 13:7)
Nothing can break love, it might crack, but it will never break. Paul did not merely say love bears many things, he said it “bears all things.” We often tend to bind love with limits. “My friend cast me away; I cannot love,” we say. “My father died; I cannot love,” we think. “My house burned down; I cannot love,” we resolve. There are many events we think we can't bear—and we won't if we chain ourselves with hate. But wrap your arms in the Father's love and you can bear anything, even the tragedies you don't think you can.
Saying love “believes all things” makes love sound gullible. Does it literally mean love believes all things, or that believes all good things? I'm inclined to believe the latter since love wouldn't believe lies since it rejoices in the truth (c.f. 13:6). However, love will believe all things God tells it. God says the world was created in six days. We believe it. Why? Because it's verified by scientific facts? Yes, but also simply because our Father says so. Having experienced His love and goodness, we know He would never lie to us.
Love’s light never dwindles even when the world grows dark. How can we smile when tears stain our cheeks? If we have love, we have salvation, and if we have salvation, we can smile at the hope of a better tomorrow. God's love can do anything, so we can hope for everything. We can hope for the salvation of the wickedest, peace in war, and life in the stench of death.
Many homes cannot stand the force of a tornado but love can withstand a hurricane. Whatever the weather, it endures, and if it doesn't, then it's not love. When we are weary, we eat to keep up our strength. So when your heart is tired, feed it with love. Study the accounts of enduring love. Job endured, David endured, Paul endured, why can't we?
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
The reason love is greater than all other attributes is because all those other attributes flow from it. You can faith without love and you can have hope without love, but if you have love, you will undoubtedly have hope and faith. After all, does not love fulfill every commandment (Matthew 22:36-40)? Solomon exhorted his pupils to seek wisdom, but it would have been wiser for them to seek love. Once you have love, you will naturally seek out wisdom because love adores learning about the Wise One. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but the love of the Lord is the beginning of truth, faith, hope, mercy, humility, forgiveness, righteousness, and all wonderful things.
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