Love Bears All Things. Love
throws a veil over all things; even though the Christian is not to be
gullible, yet he or she is still to have faith in others by seeing the bright side
and hoping for the best. We cannot see into the hearts of others,
therefore we should believe and hope the best.
is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or
rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the
truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, ESV
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:7-8, ESV
Love throws a veil over all things; even though the Christian is not to be gullible, yet he or she is still to have faith in others by seeing the bright side and hoping for the best. We cannot see into the hearts of others, therefore we should believe and hope the best.
This is a very hard concept to follow, and one in which I seem to fail miserably. The hardest for me is to hope and believe the best for my children. I live with them and see the negative as well as the positive. However, though that may be true, I still do not see their hearts. (I also tend to have a short memory of what I was like at their ages.)
We raise our children and teach them the truth of the Word of God while they are young believing that God will instill true faith in their hearts. This does not mean that they are perfect, and it does not mean that they will not have to learn most things just like we did--the hard way.
Therefore, our job regarding our children, as they reach adulthood, is to be there for them, to offer encouragement and help when they come to us, and to pray for them. Our duties change to that of fervently praying for our children rather than being an active part of their every day lives.
I have recently had the privilege of having all of my children with me over the holidays. As I see the four who have already left the home, I see that they are naturally growing away from me--not in a bad way, but rather they are moving on with their own lives. Each of the four are at different stages spiritually. As I see them approach major decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, I understand more and more how important it is for me to be a prayer warrior on their behalf. If I don't love them enough to pray for them, who will?
So, I encourage you as you look at those around you, whether family, friends, or even enemies, pray for love that bears all things, and pray fervently for their needs as you see them. God has put them in your life for this very purpose.
Love bears all things; God is love.
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