All Things by Mike Moore

The verse of the day in the bible app I use was 1 Corinthians 13:7. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” If we could pick and choose what we want to bear/believe/hope for and endure, it would be easy. But we are told we cannot pick and choose. "All things” is the standard.

The bible scholar Charles Spurgeon writes, “ Love does not ask to have an easy life of it: self- love makes that her aim, love denies herself, sacrifices herself, that she may win victories for God, and hers shall be no tinsel crown,” Love bears all things can also be translated “covers.”
1 Peter 4:8 states: And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Wayne Grudem describes it this way: “Where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offenses, and even some large ones, are readily overlooked and forgotten. But where love is lacking every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding, and conflicts abound – to Satan’s’ perverse delight.”

Love believes all things. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Never believe a lie, but don’t believe evil unless the facts demand it. Choose to believe the best of others.

Love hopes all things. Love has a confidence in the future. It hopes for the best and places its hope in God. It does not pessimistically say “It will be this way forever, and even get worse.”

Love endures all things. We are told to not give up when loving on others.

Again, Spurgeon writes, “Stand fast in love; endure not some things but all things for Christ’s sake, so you will prove yourself to be a Christian indeed.” The chapter ends with the famous verse, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” No matter what we do for God it must be done out of a posture of love.

All things.

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