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Patient love

  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;   it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV             As much as we love to quote this passage, and memorize this chapter, our love seldom if ever lives up to this. Mostly we want to love ourselves this way, and so we want to be loved this way. Jesus shows us the picture of this true and perfect love, as He bore all of our sin, and all the rejection, and humiliation that humanity had to lay upon Him, and for our sake He even bore the wraith of the thrice Holy Trinity. He did not become irritable, or resentful, but patiently to this day waits that all might come to a saving knowledge. He did not insist on His own way, even in His humanity, He surrendered to the Father’s way. He has shown us kindness be

Love bears it all

  Love bears all things… 1 Corinthians 13:7A ESV             Ah yes, but how does it bear all things? For it is possible to bear without any real bearing, and this is what we are wont to do if left alone for it much easier. We will bear so long as may bear begrudgingly, or vindictively, or sanctimoniously. If we may complain much, accuse much, and esteem ourselves much at the same time well and good.             But, that sort of bearing is no bearing at all, and is certainty not loving: indeed it leads to more restlessness and anxiety than love. True bears patiently, not faintingly. True love bears the burdens kindly, not spitefully. True love bears without boasting, humbly shouldering the load as though it were no great thing. Verse five completely undoes our unbearable attitude of bearing for it says plainly in love we relinquish our own way. God’s way is better, and if you require that someone show you this sort of love, bearing with all your burdens before you attempt it… De

Doing love in Christ

  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV             Our experience protest that it is not so, love is fickle, love is pragmatic, and doubtful, love gives-up. With mere human love it is so, and those tendencies endure even in the hearts of believers. It is a tragic situation, which results in tragic situations. Brokenness which produces brokenness, amidst a backdrop of idealistic virtue. Because we are in love, we feel betrayed, and so we are. We are betrayed by our own heart, our own lack of the true virtue, and our own acceptance of a counterfeit. We hurt ourselves as much as we are hurt by others. And as much as we are hurt, we also hurt others.             How to stop all of this hurting? If we are confined to a love that is something we experience there is no hope. Such a love is what it is and can be no more. However, if we determine that love is a verb, something we do, opportunity presents itself. Now we ma