You Are For Us, You Are Not Against Us

9:08 PM

1 Corinthians 13:7 says:

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

Throughout the Bible, God talks a lot about love and what it means to truly love one another. After re-reading 1 Corinthians 13:7 above—and really thinking about each part—I've realized, love is hard!

First it states that love "bears all things"—meaning it carries the weight of someone's burdens and is a wall of support for them in a time of need. Next, love "believes all things"—meaning it trusts, accepts, and is sure of who a person truly is. Third, love "hopes all things"—meaning it expects and anticipates that the one they love will make good decisions. Lastly, love "endures all things" (ouch!). This means that love suffers patiently through the trials in life all the while standing beside the one they love. (<— That's a hard pill to swallow.)

Wow. Love is hard. The Bible states that there is a season in life for everything—a time to cry, to laugh, to mourn, to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). That's also true in love. While fairy tales teach children that love ends with "... and they lived happily ever after," that's not the case. As long as we walk through this life, living in this world, bad circumstances will arise. Once we are married these circumstances not only affect us, but also the one whom we're married to. That's why we need to make sure that not only are we strong as individuals, but that the one we want to spend our "forever" with on Earth is strong as well. Only God knows what the road ahead looks like, and we must be sure that we will be able to withstand the storms that lie ahead—not only for ourselves, but also the one we love. There will be times when we are weak and we will need our spouse to be strong, but a day will also come when we'll need to be strong for them, too.

I'm reading Joyce Meyer's 'Living Beyond Your Feelings'. In it she talks about believing the best of every person—just as God believes the best of us. As long as we walk this Earth, there will be many times we fail God, yet his love for us never dies. The only glimpse of this kind of undying, unquestioning, unbreakable love is that which I see in the hearts and eyes of children and pets.

Love Believes All Things / Love Hopes All Things
The innocence of a child melts my heart. For starters, they see no right or wrong in others until they're taught the difference. A dispute can easily be settled with a quick time-out, and an apology. And their excitement for life's smallest adventures makes every moment memorable. They live life best. They may be new to this world, but they're the ones who truly have it all figured out.

Love Bears All Things / Love Endures All Things
I believe true love is also given to us from our pets. It's amazing how we can snap at our dog for chewing up a shoe, watch him/her cower in shame, and within minutes he's/she's already back at our side eagerly waiting to drown us in love. Our pets can sometimes see the ugliest sides of our personality, but at the end of the day they still stand by our side. If only we as people could so easily forget each other's mistakes, and quickly move on without looking back. That would make life—and love—so much easier.

These are examples of love shown in its truest form—a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. A love that is for us, and never against us.

All of this was prompted after hearing one of my new favorite songs, 'You Make Me Brave' by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music:

"As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in"

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