LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS

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God’s love causes us to carry on despite, hardships. It remains brave, confident and courageously perseveres as contrasted with its opposite of running in frantic panic. Love never loses heart or gives up when people fail, abandon, disappoint or forsake us. It endures frustration and it does not vent it out on others. Love allows us to remain steady and bear up under trying circumstances refusing to surrender.

 

The power of the love of God in us causes us not to run from problems and challenges but face them head on. When we are where we are supposed to be doing what God called us to do it will take endurance to finish our course. Love that endures all things does not quit, does not say things when pressure is on, “My season is up, its time to move on;”  “I need to move on with my life;” “I’m feeling led to go;” “God’s got a new level for me somewhere else;” or, “I need to go where I’m celebrated.” No, love that endures all things can stay the course.

 

Christianity is an endurance race not a 100 yard sprint. An endurance race requires directed energy over a longer period of time; it requires disciplined effort; it requires a continuous sustained, maintained effort and focus. Without endurance, you’ll fall under the pressure, grow weary and faint in your mind Hebrews 12:3. I guarantee you the devil will pressure you through demons directly or circumstances and people to quit. Love endures all things. Endurance means to bear up courageously under and not merely put up with adversity but remain constant until victory manifests.

We don’t endure just for the sake of enduring and gutting things out but because of the assignment God has given us or the race set before us (Hebrews 12:2) and that others may obtain this great salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). Love’s endurance is not just by natural strength but supernatural power. God not only gives miracle healings, and miracle deliverances, but also gives us miracle endurance.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE HOPES ALL THINGS

 

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1 Corinthians 13:4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]….  AMP

 

Love expects the best of others and hopes for the best. It anticipates the best in people and circumstances and holds on to that hope unless compelled by factual evidence to the contrary. Love’s hope gives us a tendency to give people the benefit of the doubt when things may appear uncertain as to conduct or motive. It always expects grace to conquer and win. It doesn’t yield to despair over anyone but holds to an expectation of good things for them. This hope not only cherishes a desire of good but has an expectation of obtaining it or a belief that it is obtainable. It is not a mere wish or wishful thinking. Love has an optimism beyond natural circumstances and in spite of how things may appear. Its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances. Love that hopeth all things, though it doesn’t fail to recognize present realities, looks forward beyond present failures and refuses to take failure as final. It can leap forward to a brighter day and not yield to utter despair.

 

Love that hopes all things is the opposite of being cynical. Living in the Last Days, with the increase of lawlessness and gross darkness, it will be easier and easier for all of us to yield to becoming cynical. Being cynical is the tendency and inclination to distrust the motives, sincerity, and integrity of a person. The cynic is contemptuously (arrogant, condescending, disrespectful, scornful) distrustful of others motives and have a sneering disbelief in people’s sincerity. They tend to be very sarcastic, pessimistic, and not very happy people.

 

God’s love persists in hoping, against all odds, in confidence and expectation of fulfillment. When trying people and circumstances ceaselessly make our life difficult it is easy to yield to despair. The Apostle Paul faced such trouble at one point in his ministry that he told the Corinthian Church in 2 Corinthians 1:8, “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life.”

 

We can get weighed down by the intensity of our trouble from trying people beyond our natural strength to endure. It may seem that we are utterly at a loss as to what to do toward them and it appears there is no way of them changing that we just give up or become totally despondent.

 

Love in us has the capacity to give us hope even when there is no place or reason left for believing a person can change or believe good of a person. Love’s hope is supernatural, not natural, and we can abound in it by the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13). This is part of the capacity of the love of God in us and this supernatural capacity makes capable what is not naturally possible. There are times, when you feel like giving up, but something in you won’t let you give up on people. You almost feel like or become like a prisoner bound in prison, but instead, you are bound to a hope that you cannot escape, get loose from, or let go of (Zechariah 9:12).

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE BELIEVES ALL THINGS

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God’s love puts faith in others, believing the best of everyone (without criticizing or looking for fault). It continually believes the best of people in every situation in the sense that it doesn’t give up on people. It does not mean love is stupid or undiscerning. When Scriptures identify certain wrong behaviors and people we do not live in denial and pretend we do not see what is true.

 

It doesn’t deny problems, bad behavior, or ignore the truth or obvious facts about people when it is evident something is wrong but it holds to a hope that they can change. When Scriptures identify certain wrong behaviors and people, we do not live in denial and pretend we do not see what is true. Love is full of discernment of realities. Our love is to continue to abound yet more and more in knowledge and in ALL judgment (discernment) Philippians 1:9. Being blind to reality of evil in people doesn’t help them and it can hurt us. Certain evil behavior needs confronted not ignored or denied.

 

Love believes people can change and turn around. Love can believe in and put trust in people. It can see a person’s potential. We can be lied to, hurt, taken advantage of, and abandoned by unfaithful people so much that we can get to a place we trust no one. We can become so guarded that we become suspicious of everyone but if we cannot trust we cannot love. We may err with people but wouldn’t it be better to err for having trusted and loved people than to never love at all? We certainly need to be wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16) so we aren’t taken in by evil designing people and at times be firm and confrontive with the truth. Love that believes all things also means that it is not basically suspicious. Is not blind or easily deceived but refuses to yield to quick distrust; quickly jumping to the worst conclusion; or putting the worst design on circumstances. The Amplified Bible says it this way that love, “is ever ready to believe the best of every person and its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances.” The J. B. Phillips translation of 1 Corinthians 13:7, 8 says, “Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.”

 

Love also believes all things about God, His Word and what it says about one’s self and others. It doesn’t exceed nor diminish what God says but believes it. Love continually accepts and puts one’s faith and trust entirely in the truth of God’s Word.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS

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God’s love in us makes it possible for us to withstand all stress and difficulty. One meaning of the word for “beareth (stego) has to do with endurance, or to put up with annoyance or difficulty; to forbear. We see it this way in 1 Thessalonians 3:5 where it is translated “forbear” and is talking about endurance. Paul also put up with all things that he might not hinder the gospel in 1 Corinthians 9:12. God’s love holds back, refrains, and is tolerant and patient in all circumstances. It endures, remains steady, constant without complaint.  It can get under the load and bear it.

 

God’s love also protects, covers, and keeps off anything which threatens the benefit and welfare of another. The word for beareth (stego) also includes the ideas of: to protect or keep by covering, to roof over, to cover with silence, to keep secret, to ward off, and to support. So bearing here seems to mean a protecting, covering from unnecessary hurt or harm. It is a shield against hardships.

 

It is also a cover for things in others that might be different from us or not our preferences where sin is not the issue. We are to bear with people, different from us in personality, preference, and peculiarities without attempting to draw attention to those differences in a very negative or harmful way or just to make them look bad. We cover over what might be displeasing and protect, guard, shield or bear with a person when there is no sin involved. Love takes no delight in exposing the flaws and weaknesses of others.

 

It certainly does not mean we cover over sin, or conceal sin, and let it go on and on without attempting to restore a sinning brother. It doesn’t mean to look the other way or pretend the sin is not there. Galatians 6:1-4 tells us to restore not conceal. But even in Biblical restoration according to the principles for handling offenses in Matthew 18:15-17 there is a concern for privacy and involving others only if necessary to reconcile a situation. There is no sense of delighting in exposing the sins and weaknesses of others but rather grieving.

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LOVE REJOICES NOT IN INIQUITY BUT REJOICES IN THE TRUTH

LOVE REJOICES NOT IN INIQUITY

 

1 Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.

 

The love of God within a Believer causes one to feel joyful when right, sincerity, integrity, honesty, and truth prevail. On the opposite end it has no pleasure in any act contrary to God’s norm.  No pleasure in wrong or is never glad when others go wrong. Love takes no delight in evil. Love also never delights in seeing an injustice done to someone. Love isn’t joyous at injustices done to people under false facts, pretense, or fake news.

 

Love is never glad or thrilled about:

  1. Any unrighteous action or unjust deed or act.
  2. Lawlessness, sin, or violation of Divine law.
  3. Morally wrong character, actions, or lifestyle.
  4. Any deed violating law and justice.

 

To the contrary LOVE REJOICES IN THE TRUTH or love rejoices when the truth is honored and obeyed. Truth can be what is true in reality, in fact, or actual event (as opposed to what is fake, fictitious, false or deceit).

 

Love also rejoices in the Truth as taught in the Bible. Love embraces God’s truth gladly. Loves highest loyalty is to truth (2 Corinthians 13:8).  Compromise to truth is a violation of love for love is always linked to and defined by truth (1 John 3:18), the Truth of God’s Word.

Love’s highest loyalty, allegiance, and defense must be to Truth because Jesus is the Truth (2 Corinthians 13:8; Ephesians 4:21; John 14:6). Love’s loyalty to the Truth of God’s Word means:

  1. A willingness to accept the Truth even when it may not fit comfortably with our preconceived ideas and opinions.
  2. Allowing our minds, thoughts, and attitudes to be shaped by it even when it may not be convenient or comfortable.
  3. Refusing to compromise and adapt down God’s standard

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

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LOVE THINKETH NO EVIL

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God’s love does not reason about or reflect upon that which causes or constitutes misfortune, suffering, difficulty, or the like. God’s love does not ponder upon wickedness or plot to do evil. It doesn’t think, plan, or plot revenge or a “payback.”
 
Love also keeps no record of wrong or memory list. It does not keep score or inwardly rehearse ill treatment. The word for thinketh means to account, reckon, or credit to ones account like an accountant would for every financial transaction. Hurt and offended people keep a record of wrongs that they often revisit and re-feel. This only builds resentment or unforgiveness.
Resentment comes from two words.
1. Re: again.
2. Sent: from Fr. “sentir” and Latin “sentire” – to feel, to sense.
 
It means to feel again the hurt, slight, wrong, insult, or offense. An offense is something that outrages the senses and emotions while resentment suggests a longer lasting indignation and smoldering ill will. Resentment appears to be a cluster of anger and thought. Resentment is the state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation or reflection. Hurt and injury are always involved. When an expectation is not met we get hurt; this leads to anger, which leads to a decision to hold in the anger and hurt and re-feel it from time to time. It is holding on to or showing feelings of intense animosity (hatred/anger) or vindictiveness (wanting to get back at someone). A synonym is unforgiveness, bitterness, being merciless, or holding a grudge. You file away a hurt and grudge list and revisit it from time to time. Leviticus 19:17-19 warns against silence that is holding hate and holding a grudge. Release it and let it go for resentment is a dead end; there is no place to go with it; it can only affect you negatively; it wastes time and energy; it is unproductive.
 
Love holds no grudges. A spark of hate cannot harm a sea of love and love has amazing power to forget as God does our offences. Psalm 130:3, 4 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”
 
Micah 7:18,19 also says, “Who is a God like unto thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again; he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Love enables to forgive it, forget it, drop it, and move on.
 
I don’t think most Christians have any idea of the capacity we have in our born again, new creation spirit man. We have the same capacity to love and forgive like God does for Romans 5:5 says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” I think we can always retrieve a memory of past hurts and offences but love, like God, chooses not to. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
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LOVE IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED

 

Love is not easily provoked

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

 

 

God’s love is not easily annoyed or incited to anger or resentment. It is not irritable, touchy, fretful, resentful, thin-skinned, or easily offended. Love, God’s love in our spirit, is not easily embittered by abuse, wrong, or insults to where it becomes retaliatory and vindictive. Love is not easily provoked especially when you have given kindness but receive the opposite.

 

Sometimes people can persist in doing things that try to exasperate us, make us feel like avenging ourselves, or retaliating in some way. The word for provoked is a compound word “para” which means alongside and “oxsus” which means to poke as with a sharp instrument. Taken together it portrays someone coming alongside another and poking, poking, poking, and poking continuously until a person is exasperated and stirred to anger and then responds in retaliation because they’ve had enough.

 

There is an old saying that says, “Where the sea of love is the sparks and flames of wrath cannot easily kindle.” The person that is finally provoked should not have allowed his anger to get to the point it boils over and retaliates. Wisdom would also lead us to stay away from people who enjoy provoking others. Anger resides and remains in long duration only in the bosom of a fool but where love is it dissipates and is kept in check. Anger is a God given emotion and we can be angry and sin not. That means we may feel our passion and emotions of anger which is not a sin but we are not to speak or act out by it and cross the line into sinful behavior. The love of God shed abroad in our heart helps us keep our passions within proper limits.  Anger resides and remains in long duration only in the bosom of a fool but where love is it dissipates and is kept in check. We need to let love rule us so that we do not allow the enemy to work through carnal people to provoke us.

 

Avoid reacting too quickly to what you hear and see James 1:19 and avenge not yourself Romans 12:15. Anger can be our attempt to make something right but it makes things worse. Anger does not make the wrong right. Let God be the one to get justice for He said, “Vengeance is Mine.” Although the word “easily” is added by translators it is implied that a Believer shouldn’t be quick to being provoked to anger. Any Believer controlled by the love of God in their heart will not be prone to or be quick to wrath or easily exasperated by a provoking person. There is a holding power and restraining power in the love of God.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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