Are you thinking, “Really?!? This, again?!? I’ve read/studied 1 Corinthians 13 so many times and heard sermons galore on love; I don’t need to read your post on it, too! Other things are calling for my time.” Before you exit out of this, please hear me! It’s not me, beckoning to you! God’s the one Who instructed me to explore and write about love…from this chapter! He’s already shown me nuggets of truth that are fresh and new in my life…and a way of looking at love that’s changed some interactions I’ve had, even just these last couple weeks! Love is defined in our world very differently than “what God prefers,” which is the definition of agapé love and what the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 is about! We need to fully understand Who God is and what He prefers in order to weed out imposters of true love and explain/show it to others! I’m praying you’ll take some time to dig in with me. What will God show you?
We’re going to excavate Verse 7 of this chapter and continue focusing on what love is.
There are four things that Verse 7 says love does…and every single one of them has “all things” describing when love does them. “All things” means just that; we’re to do what God prefers in each and every situation we encounter.
So, what are the four things Verse 7 says love continually does?
Can you see how all four of these actions of love are related? An active belief in what God has promised or Who He is shows itself as trusting what He’s said. If we believe something is true and sure, it makes sense that we’d expect it to be as we believe (which is hope). If we believe something that God has persuaded us is true (faith) and expect it as certain (hope), we’ll find God’s authority as a safe place and bring our brokenness under it (bear), and He’ll enable us to endure. This is love; it has everything to do with God. I don’t think we always recognize these aspects as love, but they’re all reflections of what we believe and come to trust about God, Who is true love, Himself; they’re ways we express our love for Him in return.
If you’ve missed the other aspects of love, as defined in the earlier verses of Chapter 13, please check them out at the top of this page, on the right side, under “Latest Growth (aka Recent Posts).” Next post, we’ll dig into what love isn’t.
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