Day 7: Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
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Love never gives up and walks away on people. It never stops trusting and doubts. It never looses hopes walking in failures, lacking confidence. I also never quits or dies. True love remains strong and loyal.
The beautiful characteristics of divine love are seen being lived out in the life of the Lord JESUS Christ, and God’s will is that all His children reflect the love of Christ in their heart and life.
Godly love begins to be evidenced in the life of a believer, as the fruit of the Spirit are allowed to grow – but it is often through painful experiences and a willing obedience to abide in God’s word, that this exquisite characteristic is is enabled to flourish.. through the power of the Holy Spirit – and edify the body of Christ with the perfume of Christ-like love.
Love bears all things by patiently enduring wrongs and evils, with a heart of forgiveness, which covers over the faults of others with a beautiful graciousness, that reflects the Saviour and does not seek for vengeance.
Love believes all things by looking for the good in others rather than suspecting the wrong. He seeks out the best in others with a gracious wisdom that does not condone evil, but which trusts God’s Word to be both his plumb-line for truth and his standard for godly behaviour.
Love hopes all things by earnestly desiring the best in people.. as well as in life’s circumstances – even when the worst seems to be knocking at the door. It is not an empty hope but an ability to keep trusting the Lord in a situation that others have rendered as hopeless.
Love endures all things by maintaining an uncomplaining attitude in every affliction and trial, tribulation and temptation, persecutions and pain – whether it be for the sake of the saints.. for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us seek to have this beautiful characteristic of godly love evidenced in our lives, as we willingly and obediently submit to the work of the Spirit within our hearts – until a Christ-like love is manifest in our life.
1 Corinthians 13:7 Meaning of Love Bears All Things
1 Corinthians 13:7
“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Explanation and Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13:7
Godly love shows kindness to sinners, takes a kind view toward others, looks forward to the future and continues the love without complaining.
Paul was explaining to the Corinthians all the characteristics of the grace of Godly love that need to be present for it to be “love.” His guidance was to be used so that Corinthians could see that they were not exhibiting Godly love, and what they needed to do so that this Divine love could dwell in their hearts. The characteristics of Godly love named in this verse need to be read in conjunction with the other characteristics Paul named (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). All of the characteristics must be present for Godly love to indwell in us.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of 1 Corinthians 13:7
#1: “It always protects…”
If you exhibit Godly love, then you conceal the faults of others to show kindness to them. Love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8). Because of other translations that translate this part of the verse as “Bearing all things…,” some commentators think this part of the verse means that Godly love puts up with anything if not doing so would hamper the advancement of Scripture.
#2: “…always trusts…”
This does not mean that you believe everything. Some commentators think this part of the verse means that when in doubt, you believe that someone had good motives for their actions and did not intend harm. You take a kind view of your fellow humans.
Other commentators think this means that you believe everything in the Bible.
#3: “…always hopes…”
Some commentators think this means that love has comfort that a better time is coming, that hardships will disappear and that people will act as they should. Love sees the cheerful side of things and finds happiness in the future of heaven. It wants the best for other humans that they will become Christians.