Love believes all things, hopes all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Love always hopes; always perseveres.
Love always hopes because love sees possibilities where none seems to exist. Love always hopes because love never despairs. Love is not dependent on the fulfillment of immediate expectations. Love takes the long term point of view. Love will not give up on others. Love does not give up on God’s purposes. Love keeps us hopeful, in all situations, against all evidence, because hope is stored up for us in heaven (Colossians 1:5).
Webster’s dictionary defines hope as a desire accompanied by expectation of or believe in fulfillment…to desire with expectation of obtainment…to expect with confidence.
How can love always hope when the situation seems hopeless? How can you continue to love when your son or daughter rejects your faith and all the values you taught them to respect? How can you continue to love God when an incurable disease is destroying your loved one? How can we continue to love when prospects in this life seem hopeless?
The answer is that love’s source is in God. Love’s hope is not just wishful thinking. Love’s hope is not just unrealistic expectations. Love’s hope finds its confidence in God’s eternal plan which is beyond human understanding.
In hoping, love always perseveres and never looks back. Love never stops, never quits, never doubts, and never goes against the good. Love perseveres because Christ perseveres, because God perseveres, and because the Holy Spirit enables us to persevere.
Relationships are never a walk in the park every single day. No matter how much you love someone and they love you, there will be moments of disappointment, struggle, discontentment, and resentment. The simple reason for that is that relationships consist of human beings and human beings are not perfect. We all hurt those we love and they hurt us, whether it’s intentional or unintentional.
No one was more betrayed and hurt by those He loved than Jesus. The very fact that He had to suffer the pain of the cross was due to the fact that those He created turned against Him and sinned. God had to sacrifice His own Son because His creation failed to love Him as He so loved them. But despite our rejection of God, He did make that sacrifice, paying the ultimate price to reconcile with us, His fallen creatures. Love won out because our Father was willing to do what had to be done to restore our relationship with Him.
When you pray for others, do you pray with perseverance? Do you pray with the hope that they’ll see the Father come through for them? Do you pray with the hope that you’ve asked according to God’s will? When someone’s heading down the wrong path, do you have hope for them that they can be redeemed? Do you find hope in the fact that everything is working toward the purposes of God?
Love always perseveres in order to avoid the dishonor of letting someone else down who is depending on us, who believes in us, for whom we are the hands and heart of Christ. Love does not walk away from commitments when it would be easy and reasonable to do so. Love endures to the end. The world has a lot of starters but very few finishers. Love finishes the race. Love does not give up. Love does not quit. Love perseveres in the battle against evil because it wants to win the victory.
When Jesus, who is love, came to earth to bridge the gap between us and God, He brought us hope. In Him we can rest assured that all things are being held together and sustained by our Creator, who loves us and calls us according to His purposes. Love doesn’t look at this world all around in despair. Love hopes in all things.
Scripture to encourage you in your walk today:
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:11
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
…Being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Today’s Challenge: Pray for perseverance in trials and that the Spirit will continue to feed your hope in the things to come.