Love Bears All Things

It’s packed in the middle of one of the Bible’s most prominent passages about love:

“Love bears all things” (I Corinthians 13:7a).

I must admit, I don’t tend to linger long on this particular phrase. In the beautiful sweeping prose of I Corinthians 13, “love bears all things” doesn’t seem like something I'm really interested in.

"Love bears all things” reminds me that love takes the heavy things.

The heavy things: Hard and unexpectedly long days. Rebellious children. Miscommunication. Loneliness. Uncertainty and anxiety. Tragedy.

Love bears all things.

I don’t bear things well. Instead, I get argumentative or weary or distracted. But love doesn’t, I Corinthians 13:7 says. Love bears all things. Love upholds and sustains. Love keeps.

Without complaint. Without deep sighs. Without keeping score. Love bears all things.

Isn’t this a summary of the Gospel, too? Love bears all things – even the great burden of sin and death. I need this type of love.

And I need to give this kind of love, especially in my home. A love that bears all things.

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