SATURDAY June 16, 2018
God’s Enduring Love
[Love] ...does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Notice what Paul taught––love should never rejoice when someone has fallen into sin. We should not be like our enemies who wait to see if we are going to fall into sin, so they can rejoice over us. Love is never malicious; it does not find pleasure in someone’s downfall. Instead, true love causes us to have compassion and to pray for others––for God to save and bless them.
Love rejoices in the truth of Jesus Christ––in the Gospel. At times, love must be tough in order to lead a Christian away from unrighteousness into righteousness and truth. Romans 12:9 tells us: Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Notice the four main characteristics of love: it bears, believes, hopes, and endures––this is real love. Through love, God gives us the power, not to be abused, but to be able to bear anything that comes into our lives. He helps us to bear truth in the face of difficult situations. God’s love helps us to endure. Love believes all things. This does not mean that love is gullible, but it accepts truth, as stated in the Scriptures.
Love hopes. Hope is one of the basic elements of our faith––it keeps on hoping no matter our disappointments. Loves endures; this speaks of our steadfastness. It is the Spirit that conquers, and has glorious triumph and fortitude. We have endurance in Jesus Christ. He is our example.
Notice, if I insert my name in these verses, it does not fit. But try to put your own name in these verses now to see if it fits. Of course it does not fit! But if you place the name of Jesus in there, it fits perfectly. This is the divine love of God that He wants us to possess in our own lives.
Endurance is the ability to stand up under adversity; perseverance is the ability to progress in spite of it.
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