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.


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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