Expect Good (1 Corinthians 13:7)

[love …] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:7

The idea of hope is less how we understand hope in modern times — almost wishing, really — and more like a firm expectation. The root word for hope, as it is written in this verse, actually means to expect. So Love expects all things?

I suspect that the intent is that Love expects only the best. Love expects that the beloved will be and do only the best possible. If this understanding is correct, then the verse is telling me that God expects only Good Things from me. And this jives with Ephesians 2:10, which tells me that God prepared good works for me beforehand so that I might walk in them. His expectation is such as prompted Him to prepare good works just for me to walk into and accomplish before I was born.

This leads me to consider whether or not I expect only Good Things for those I love. This expectation should begin with God. After all, I am told to love the LORD my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Next, I should expect Good Things for my wife. I mean, I am instructed to love her as I love myself. My children should come next. After that, my friends and family. Last of all, I should love my neighbor — which is, essentially, everyone else — and should expect Good Things for them.

I should do more than  expect, if I take Ephesians 2:10 as my example. God does more than merely expect Good Things for me, He goes out and makes preparation for them. I should, so far as I can, be doing what I am able to make Good Things possible for those I love. Not just for them, but from them, as well. I need to live in such a way as does not prevent my beloveds from the Good Things that God has for them.

The hope that Love has expects good and prepares for good. Do I?


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