All the Things

November/December 2023

   Are you an online shopper or do you brave the stores the day after Thanksgiving? Whatever your preference for shopping, with the Christmas season fast upon us, we are all probably all getting ready to give gifts to those we love. ‘Tis the season for all the pretty things to appear in stores. As much fun as it is to see someone’s face light up when we have selected the perfect item for them, the truth is that sometimes we give those gifts with the expectation that we will receive something in return.

   The love God teaches us about in 1 Corinthians 13:7 is an outward-flowing love, that is not worried about what it will receive in return.

   “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV).

   As we have journeyed through this chapter together, we keep coming back to the idea that love is not a feeling; love is a choice. Agape love is the ability God gives us to love people like He does… Not because of who they are, but because of who we are. We are able to love because the love of God has transformed us.

   In today’s verse, we see that love does four things. Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. Each of these verbs have in common that they either require perseverance, or loo ...

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