Love Hopes All Things, Endures All Things

Today we conclude our study in 1 Corinthians 13. We will take on the last two “All things.” Paul writes to this love lacking church at Corinth…

1 Corinthians 13:4-8…
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

Love hopes all thingsHopes ἐλπίζω elpízō (el-pid’-zo) elpizo from elpis = hope. Thayer says… to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence, hopefully, to trust in. Love never gives up on hope, love always hopes for the best in people. Why? Because our hope is found in Jesus Christ.

Lenski writes…”Hope knows no pessimism. Yet the basis for this hope of love is not mere natural optimism but the effective grace of Jesus Christ. Love always expects that grace to conquer and to win its way.

Hope keeps us going, hope allows us to handle any circumstance we find ourselves in, hope allows us to face the future because our ultimate hope is found in Jesus Christ who we are eagerly awaiting His return. Titus 2:13.

The Psalmist wrote about his fear within and his trouble around him… This sounds like he is rebuking himself for being in despair…

Psalm 42:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.

Even as it seemed like it was getting worse, the Psalmist kept his hope…

Psalm 42:11, 43:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a “wish” (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.

R.C. Sproul, The Purpose of God, An Exposition of Ephesians

If we hope in ourselves or the ability of others we will fail. Our future and the future of others belongs to God.

Hope in God!

Hope never disappoints!

Love endures all thingsEndures ὑπομένω hypoménō (hoop-om-en’-o) (hupomeno from hupo = under + meno = abide, remain, not recede or flee. To endure, bear bravely and calmly. Thayer.

Endures all things…It’s our response towards the circumstances we are in, whether it’s persecution for our faith or our response towards other people. Do we have patient endurance towards their faults and even their words without responding back in retaliation?

I keep forgetting who this was written to, the church at Corinth. They were fighting with each other about anything and everything! They were sinning out in the open, they were a divided church. This church was loveless at times.

Then I keep forgetting who is writing this letter. Paul, had these qualities of love, didn’t he? Though they weren’t perfected in his life as they were in the life of Jesus. We see that Paul was bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things!

That being said!

Paul wasn’t rejoicing in unrighteousness but always rejoiced with the truth. Though Paul was loving, he never compromised the truth, did he? He always spoke the truth in love. He wanted the church at Corinth to grow up!

Ephesians 4:15…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Paul tells them what love is and what love isn’t. The church at Corinth was ready to come apart, to cease. Paul’s whole point to the church at Corinth was that love doesn’t cease, your gifts may cease, but love never ends. Love was always from the beginning for love is from God.

The Apostle John puts it perspective for us… 1 John 4: 7-11

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4: 7-11 [Emphasis Mine]

God is love, therefore love never fails!

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