Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Corinthians 13 - Part Six

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 – It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 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]. (AMP)

Love doesn’t look for loopholes, and doesn’t make excuses, or try to justify wrong behavior. Love is always honest and the lover is a person of character and integrity, knowing that when right and truth are allowed the freedom to have their way that everything will work out for the best in the end. Acting with conviction and standing up for what the lover believes is required. The weathering of difficult circumstances and the self-sacrifice of allowing disciplinary pain to be inflicted upon the beloved might also be necessary. Love never looks for the easy way out, but the best way through the circumstance. Love acts out of God’s wisdom for the situation.

No matter what circumstances the relationship faces, the lover will never give up on the relationship, will always support the beloved, and will endure all sorts of difficulties without wavering in his love for the beloved. The lover sees circumstances as temporary, but love and the relationship as eternal. Anything can be worked through, no matter how difficult. One such circumstance might be the lack of emotional love for a time. The lover must remember that love is a decision followed by action. He must therefore choose to continue to act in love toward the beloved, and the feelings of love will eventually be revived.

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