Love never fails.”
As the love series comes to an end, we find Paul sandwiching the list of love-nots between the love-does. The first love-does, Paul said, is “love suffers long and is kind” (verse 4 NKJV). And now, on the flipside, we see the love-does list.
First, let’s look at the Greek definitions.
Bears means to roof over, to cover with silence as to endure patiently, to protect or keep by covering, to preserve, to keep secret, to hide, conceal, to bear up against, hold out against, to endure, forbear.
Believes means to have faith, to be persuaded, have confidence in.
The word for hopes means to expect or anticipate, to actively wait with joy and confidence for God’s fulfillment.
Endures means to stay under or behind, remain, to undergo, bear trials, persevere, abide, have fortitude, show endurance.
The word for fail means to fall, to perish, to come to an end, disappear, cease, to reduce to inactivity, of descent from a higher place to a lower place.
* covers the faults of others, preserves the integrity of others, bears patiently
* has faith and confidence, persuaded of the truths of God’s Word
* expects and waits for God’s fulfillment
* perseveres in all circumstances
* because it never ceases.
The Amplified states it so well, “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].”
Paul told the Corinthian believers, “If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.” (1 Cor. 13:7 TLB)
Love, whether for a spouse, a child, a relative, a friend, or a neighbor, bears, believes, hopes, endures ALL THINGS. “Love will never become obsolete.” (1 Cor. 13:8a Voice) “It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.” (1 Cor. 13:8a Phillips)
Paul told the Roman church, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.” (Rom. 12:9a NLT) We fail so often to love others as the Scriptures exhort us, with the true, godly agape love.
Peter tells us how, “Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.” (1 Peter 3:8 Msg) And Paul adds his instructions, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Eph. 4:2-3 NLT)
Therefore, “Let all that you do be done with love.” (1 Cor. 16:14 NKJV) If we do not act in love, we are, as Paul said, noisy gongs. And we gain nothing if we are not loving. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
If you’ve missed any of the previous posts in the love series, you can find them here:
* Love Suffers
* Envy, Envy, Thy Name is Poison!
* Do You Suffer from Perpereuomai or Phusioutai?
* What is Unseemly Behavior?
* Been Provoked Lately?
* Whatcha Got on Your Mind?
* What Do You Rejoice In?