[love …] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7
According to this verse, there are four things which Love does to all things. The all things in question could mean each thing, everything, anything, or some of all types of things. Based on what has been revealed of Love in this chapter, it would be tempting to say that it was always best rendered everything, but in the specific case that love … bears all things, I think there may be a different case to be made.
The word used in this verse could mean to cover, protect, keep secret, hide, conceal, hold out against, endure, or bear. And it was the idea of covering that caught in my mind. There is another verse that speaks of Love covering a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Proverbs 10:12 says that love covers all transgressions. A wee bit of looking into those verses shows that the words translated cover in those verses are not the same. So, my thought proves to be in error. Not the first time.
Love bears all things. There is nothing that can be done to God that can cause Him to stop loving me. I will never do anything that causes Him to hate me. It is not possible. And that, put simply, is the challenge to me this morning. I am challenged to love as God loves — this entire chapter is that challenge — and the fact of God’s Love is that there is nothing that can be done that will cause it to waver or change. Is my love for others likewise steadfast? If not — and it is not — then I have not yet been perfected in love (not really a big surprise, there).
Father, thank You for loving me in such a way. That Your love never changes or wavers, but bears all things amazes me. Please grow that same love in me. Place it and cultivate it and cause me to love as You love.