Friday, November 4, 2011

Love Bears All Things

Part 10 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:7a (NASB)
(love) bears all things

1 Corinthians 13:7a (AMP)
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes

“…You see, I was diagnosed with colon cancer that had metastasized to my liver and the doctor gave me only a 25% survival rate. I was floored. There Eddie and I sat listening to the words but not really comprehending what was being said. It was very surreal. We were completely shocked.” 

As Faye continued her testimony to the congregation, we learned that years after being cleared from that cancer, she was given another cancer diagnosis.

Can love bear up under two separate threats of terminal illness? It did and still does for Eddie and Faye. (Thankfully, Faye is now cancer free).

Faye said that during that time it felt as if life was out of control, and they had to choose how they were going to respond. They chose to bear it with God’s help, and with their love for each other.

As we begin with this week’s challenge: love bears all things, how will you choose to respond if you’re faced with devastating news, or when your child fails sixth grade, or your sister gets asked out by the guy you like?

The New International Version (1984) words the verse we are memorizing this way:

(Love) always protects.

That’s sums it up well, doesn’t it?

We will take four weeks memorizing and practicing obeying verse seven as we continue our segment-by-challenging-segment of 1 Corinthians 13. Here is the verse in its entirety:

1 Corinthians 13:7 (NASB)
(love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (NASB)

1 Corinthians 13:7 (AMP)
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

What do you think?

• How will you respond this week when you’re faced with a challenge that could put stress on your relationships?

• How can you improve in the area of allowing love (God’s love in you) to protect and defend those you love? 

• As we’re nearing the end of this series, what’s the next section of Scripture you would like to memorize one small segment at a time?

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