Day 23: 40 Day Love Challenge

Day 23: Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Love never turn its back on people. It never stops trusting, never walks away, never looses hopes and does not quit it stays in loyal honor to those it affirms with

What Does 1 Corinthians 13:7 Mean?►

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1 Corinthians 13:7(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

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.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-corinthians-13-7

What does 1 Corinthians 13:7 mean?

Paul is coming to the end of his concise description of what true love looks like. The Greek word used for love, agape, describes God’s unconditional love for His children and how He intends for us to love each other. After reading Paul’s letter, it cannot be said that these 14 descriptors are true of the Corinthians’ treatment of each other.

As Paul has piled on descriptors to show what Christian love does and does not do, it has become clear that love sets itself aside for the good of others. More precisely, those who love as Christ does set themselves aside to meet the needs of other Christians. It turns out, loving as Jesus loves is hard.

Now Paul shows that God’s love is, in a sense, inexhaustible. It places no limits on its commitment to other believers.

Love bears all things. Love doesn’t say, “this far and no further.” Love is not limited by what is reasonable or by what other people would be willing to put up with. This does not mean that someone should allow him- or herself to continually be wounded, physically or otherwise, by other believers or family members. Sometimes love bears pain from a safe and legal distance, but truly godly love doesn’t quit when others become annoying or difficult to deal with.

Love believes all things. Does this make love gullible? No, the choice to believe those who may be deceiving us removes the burden to catch others in the act of lying and projects onto them a respect they may or may not deserve. The one who is loved carries the burden to be truthful or to be held accountable to God, rather than to us.

Love hopes all things. Love roots for victory in others, for good to win, for truth to come out. In the Bible, hope is more than just a wish, it is a confidence that God will do as He says. Paul began this letter by saying to the Corinthians that Christ will “sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8). His confident hope for them was one evidence of his love for them.

Love endures all things. Christians face hard times. Those who choose to love as Jesus does do not stop loving when life becomes difficult. Love for God and others endures through tough days and long nights.

Context Summary

First Corinthians 13:1–13 is one of the most loved and well-known passages in the Bible, but Paul places it after his teaching on the spiritual gifts for a specific reason. Some of the gifts may seem impressive, but if attempted without self-sacrificing love for others, they become meaningless, even destructive. Paul uses 14 verbs to describe what love does and does not do. Love is the foundation for Paul’s teaching in the following chapter on prophecy, tongues, and even orderly worship. While this section is often quoted in romantic settings, such as a wedding, the concept in mind is that of agape: a self-sacrificing, godly love.

Chapter Summary

Paul responds to the Corinthians’ over-emphasis on certain spiritual gifts by showing them that all gifts are worthless if not practiced through godly love. Paul provides 14 descriptors of love, all action verbs, all choices made out of a commitment to set self aside and serve others. Choosing to love each other in this way would solve many of the problems Paul has confronted in this letter. The spiritual gifts provide a glimpse of what is knowable, but when the perfect comes, we will know all. Love is the greatest of all the virtues

Author: J. Palmer

Living under the wings of God and the angels around me keeping me going and safe. Sharing the love of Christ.

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