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“Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NKJV
CHAPTER 13 of 1 Corinthians is famously known as the “Love chapter” in the Bible. It lists down everything that Love is and is not. Many people use verses from this passage and quote them especially during marriage ceremonies, for they are indeed beautifully written as God inspired Paul to put pen to paper. But as we read through them, have we asked ourselves, “Do I really know what Love is about?”, “Do I know the ways in which to show the characteristics of Love in my life?”.
Today, many people misuse the word “Love” – and sometimes it’s meaning can be interchanged with “Lust”. We have definitely become blinded by the misinterpretations that the world, through media, is trying to show us. However, real and genuine Love is something that can only be found in the very heart of Jesus Christ. His coming down to Earth as a humble servant and His excruciating death on Calvary’s Cross is the greatest example of Love’s endurance. When we love someone, we do not just love him or her for all the good qualities he or she possesses. Sometimes Love requires seeing and experiencing the worst behaviors our loved one can show us and yet still choose to accept that person for the total package that he or she is.
Love is patient enough to bear your bad habits or attitudes. Love is confident enough to believe that God is able to work in you and through you. Love is hopeful enough to trust that indeed, all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. Lastly, Love is strong enough to withstand even a gigantic tsunami of problems and negative traits that a person has.
“Love doesn’t just accept a few things.love is willing to accept all things.”- Max Lucado