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What is love?  


We’ve spent the last two weeks giving ourselves a biblical “love test” by examining the words and phrases used to describe “love” as written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.


After the sole biblical definition of love, it is written: “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8). 


How is it possible for love to never fail?  Think about the impact and significance of this truth.  Never means never!  Nothing on earth can ever cause love to fail.  That’s the power of love.


Love is the strongest force in the universe because God is love.  The Bible is the ultimate love 

story.  It chronicles the great love of a Father for His children, culminating in the death of His Son on the cross – the greatest act of love in human history.


Sometimes we’re faced with situations that feel hopeless.  Loveless.  It seems as if we’ve exhausted all options, and everything we’ve tried has failed. 


We must remember to “try” love.  To truly embody love.  To love others in the mighty fullness of agape love: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogantor 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).


Love others as Christ has loved you.  Forgive as he has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).  Leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19).  Never give up on people.  Never lose hope in how God can change a life.


Instead, be encouraged.  Why?  Because love never fails.  Never! 


Do you believe this?

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What is love?  The definition of love is found only once in the Bible: “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).  Let’s continue to give ourselves a biblical “love” test by looking closely at the words and phrases used to describe love. The fifteenth biblical descriptor of love is “endures all things.” Note the word “all.”  All means all!  This love refuses to quit.  It doesn’t give up at the first sign of hardship.  Instead, it actively chooses to persevere in the conquering of evil.  Injustice.  Hatred. Agape love understands that all humans are born into sin.  But instead of giving in to sin, or giving up on a fellow sinner, Jesus’s love keeps on persevering.  This love is determined to wait on the Lord to bring others to repentance, knowing that doing so allows God’s timing to draw someone to the overcoming life in Christ. Love that endures all things believes that God’s love is stronger than all sin.  It takes a stand against judging others believing that no one can sin more than God’s grace can forgive.  No one. Ever.  How are you doing with this part of God’s love test?   Before you answer, consider this: When you face hardship, where do you turn?  Does your love persevere?  Do you believe that His grace is enough for anyone? I think now you are ready to answer. “Love endures all things…”

  • David Chadwick

What is love? 


The definition of love is found only once in the Bible: “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). 


Let’s continue to give ourselves a biblical “love” test by looking closely at the words and phrases used to describe love.


The fourteenth biblical descriptor of love is “hopes all things.”


Note the word “all.”  All means all!  This love believes that if the sun rises in the morning, there continues to be reason to hope! 


Love that hopes all things steadfastly believes that our sovereign, all-powerful, great God can change a life, a situation, or an event as quickly as the blink of an eye.  


It rests in the knowledge that God alone is a way maker and miracle worker.  It waits expectantly, watching to see what He will do next, in His sovereign timing, and in His perfect ways. 


Agape love believes that nothing – absolutely nothing – is impossible for God.  Scripture says so many times.  “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26).  “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17).                       


By adopting a mindset that God’s strength in us enables us to conquer our giants, we live out a love that hopes all things are possible with Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).


How are you doing with this part of God’s love test?  


Before you answer, consider this: Do you believe that God can change anyone?  At any time?  Do you love others with this steadfast hope? 


I think now you are ready to answer.


“Love hopes all things…”