1 Corinthians 13:7

This familiar verse (along with the rest of 1 Corinthians 13) is read so much at weddings that I am afraid that we sometimes get caught up in the sentimentality of the occasion and do not stop to consider the significance of the words. Consider the rendering of this passage from the Amplified Translation, or whatever translation you may prefer:

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What stands out to you? For me, it’s the word “all”. Not “some” or “most,” but “all.”

Think about it: According to this verse, love…

  • Bears all
  • Believes all
  • Hopes all
  • Endures all

Folks, love is hard. Think about it: To bear everything? To strive to think the best of everyone? Remaining hopeful during the most difficult of times? And — as if the other things weren’t challenging enough — endures all things?

In our own flesh and strength, not only is such a tall order challenging, it’s flat-out impossible. Only by the enabling of the Holy Spirit are we able to love in such a consistent, others-first way.

The other thing that stands out to me is that love takes the initiative, rather than sitting back and reacting to whatever life sends its way. If you “bear all things, ” then you have chosen to do so; if you “believe all things,” then you have decided (in advance) to think the best of others; and if you are hopeful that all things will work out for the best (as God ordains), then this, too, is a choice; and if you “endure all things,” then you choose to believe that you can — by grace, through faith — persevere through even the most strenuous of times. Like our present day, perhaps?

Can we say that we love the Lord, and are willing to bear whatever He allows to come into our lives? Do we still believe in all of the promises that He has given to us, regardless of what our senses tell us? Do we have hope that, despite all the suffering that we may see around us, the Lord will find way to work this out for good (however He chooses to define “good”) at some future point? And, do we in faith cling to His strength, so that we can endure all things?

I’d like to think so, but admittedly, I am still thinking about it. Love is hard, but it is not impossible — we simply must make a choice to trust the Lord and His promises, even if doing so breaks our heart at times. Remember that this is how much the Lord loved us: so much that He came in the form of a man to dwell among us, died in our place to atone for a debt we could never repay, permanently overcame the power of sin and death, and arose and ascended to His rightful place with the Father. And His biggest goal for our lives? He wants to be our Friend, Confidant, Father, Protector, Provider…. In other words, He wants to be first in our lives, and then be our “all” — nothing less.

In other words, God loves us. Deeply. Unequivocally.  Unconditionally. Forever. Can we say the same?

Some food for thought this week.

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14 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 13:7

  1. Well put. Love is what we are suppose to do but do we? When people say they love the LORD but don’t even like their Brothers and Sisters, the Word tells us then we don’t love God. It always gives me pause because I too am guilty of looking around and thinking how can people do some of the things we do, me included! But to truly love God with all that we are we have to love everyone also. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20 Great post Sister. I feel truly blessed to be reading your post again 🙂 I thank God for continuing to bless you 🙂

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    1. Yes, I share your sense of conviction about this, too. Thank goodness that the Lord loves us as we are, because we certainly couldn’t ever merit such grace on our own.

      And I am the blessed one, Margaret! Ok, off to visit your blog now. 🧡✝️

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      1. Very true Sister, even our love for our Brothers and Sisters comes from Him 🙂 How would even know how to love them without His example. You are so sweet 🙂 You know whats at my blog. It is written in your heart and in your head so if you never visit it, it is still with you 🙂

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      2. Aww, Margaret. Your comment made me smile. Yes, His Word is in my heart and in yours, but I know that the Holy Spirit is guiding your selection of verses each day, as each one really makes me stop and think. Thank you for faithfully honoring your God-given ministry each day, my friend!

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  2. Wow, that’s a lot to chew on, and all of your words are true.
    I think I have the hardest with “believes all things.” I kinda don’t get that part, because some things just aren’t true. But I know God has those words for me, in just that way, for good reason. So I meditate.
    Thank you, as always; great post.

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    1. Admittedly, I struggle in this area, too. It reminds me that while I do not fully understand everything that the Bible says, my answer to it is always “yes and amen”. I trust that the illumination will come in time (and if you get some insight on this, please let me know!).

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    1. I like the AMP for that reason as well. It’s not my everyday translation that I use for Bible reason, but sometimes, when I want to get a larger view of things, I will turn to the AMP and compare it with other translations and see where the Lord leads in the matter.

      God bless you!

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