We have all read what love is like from 1 Corinthians 13; we know that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7). These words already, they depict a beautiful picture of what love is like and what we can have in love. But there is even more to be found when looking at the original Greek words and what they mean more specifically.
Love hides the errors and faults of others. We do not hang on to every fault and shortcoming of others; rather, we cover them with our silence and extend forgiveness because we have been forgiven. There is no need to let everyone know exactly how this person has sinned against you. There is forgiveness, because there is love.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
Love chooses to believe best of the other person, to think the best to be true of the person. Whatever we hear said, we choose to believe the best until truly proven otherwise and even then, only because the circumstances demand to believe something other than the best of that person. This here, it can require quite a lot of work at times, to not fall into believing lies. It is to be committed to see the good and to not believe the bad – to see people like Jesus does.
Love hopes, in all things. Hope, yeah, it’s not easy on all days. There are those difficult days when we so barely hold on. We want to lose hope and believe that things will never change, that people will never change. Yet, our hope is to be in God and trust that He is able to change our circumstances and our hearts.
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Love remains; in trials and hardships, it looks to Christ and endures. Because really, love is true only if it remains. If it this kind of love only for a moment, it isn’t true love and therefore, love must remain. It must endure the circumstances, the hurts — and choose to look to Christ for strength. Love is patient, willing to give time even though every single moment is difficult and painful. This love remains, even if no one knows the struggle you are in, even if no one is there to stand by you – because Jesus is in there with you and He is all you need.