7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Paul continues to describe what love looks like and how it is different from what the world understands. Love bears. Bearing all things means carrying our own burdens and the burdens of others. One of the easiest things to do is to get tired and give up on ourselves and others. When we first come to Christ we care about everyone. We are told to love everyone. We begin to pray for others believing that God will answer our prayers. May we never get tired of caring.
Love believes all things, hopes all things. We need to look for the best in every person and situation. Jesus believes in us and has great hope for us.
Love endures all things. Love is more then the patience of bearing all things. There are many things that we might have to endure for the sake of Christ. The opposite of enduring is running away. When we run away we never deal with the problem. It may mean staying somewhere for the sake of the other person or people. There are a few times in my ministry when if I did not know God called me to do this I would have left and gone back to teaching. We may get hassled, we may face heartbreak and we may even be offended. But that is what happens when we endure. There are times when we will have to keep our mouth closed. There was an older pastor in my life that is now home with the Lord. I would often go to him and vent/discuss things that were happening in the ministry. One time I remember talking to him about a person that was saying things that were not true about me. He told me to swallow it. I continued to make sure he understood what I was saying. These were rumors/lies that someone was saying, things not true, and if I did not say something people would think they were true. He told me to swallow it. As I thought about his advice I really appreciate what he was saying. My response was not going to help fix the situation. I couldn’t fix the situation. The best thing I could do was eat any words I would say, write or share. There are times in our lives when we will have to bear the things that are not true that others may say about us or the organizations we work for. We will have to endure. The only way to endure is to know that you have done the right thing even when it is the hardest thing you have ever done…so far in your life.
Take time today to recognize that living a life of love means bearing, believing, hoping and enduring. If you can see recent times in your life where you have been illustrating those ideals, realize you are on the right track. Keep fighting the good fight. Don’t give up, Don’t give in.
See you around town!
John DiGiamberardino Executive Director / COO
Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association