“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8a
True Love endures. It perseveres. It never gives up. This love is not the ooey-gooey kind of infatuation that we see on TV—that “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of love that has become so common in our culture. The love I’m talking about is Real Love. The kind of love that is solid, substantial, committed…in other words, it’s enduring. The word “endurance” or “perseverance” is used when speaking of sticky situations. For instance, here are some examples of love that endures:
- A mother stays up all night with her sick child because love endures all things.
- A volunteer at the homeless shelter continues to serve even when she’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor because love endures all things.
- Parents continue to pray for and plead with their rebellious and thieving son because love endures all things.
- A woman stays by her husband’s side as he battles cancer on his deathbed because love endures all things.
- A man imprisoned for his faith continues to share Christ with his fellow prisoners and his guards because love endures all things.
Love doesn’t give up when things get tough. It continues to love and give of itself. It’s the kind of love that gives everything. This type of love is foreign to this world that screams that love is all about feelings and whatever makes me happy. But we’ve been shown a different definition of love. The Scriptures tell us that “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son…” (John 3:16). And Jesus showed us how far that love was willing to go when he endured the cross, despising its shame (Heb. 12:2). It’s a love that nothing can separate us from. The kind of love that never fails.
But that’s not easy. How do we do that? How do we, in our weakness and feeble attempts, live that kind of love? We can do it because we’ve been shown this kind of love. And God will enable us to love this way, if we just ask. In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul prays:
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:
- bearing fruit in every good work,
- growing in the knowledge of God,
- being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and
- giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
This is my prayer for you, for us, that we may live lives worthy of the Lord and please him in every way being strengthened by His power to have great endurance and patience in our love for God and others.
~ Carrie Kelly