Day Five: Always

1 Corinthians 13:7
[Love] “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

“The two verbs “believes” and “hopes” of course foreshadow the conclusion of the chapter, in which faith and hope join love as the abiding marks of Christian character. And the final verb (“endures”) creates an inclusio with the first item in verse 4 (“Love is patient”) and suggests the eschatological location of love in the present time: love persists in a hostile world, awaiting the coming of the Lord. The hyperbole of the repeated “all things” in verse 7 should not lead us to think that love is infinitely credulous and utterly indiscriminate in its believing and hoping. Love does not make its adherents into foolish Pollyannas. Paul’s point is accurately conveyed by the NEB’s translation: “there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.” Hays, Richard B.. First Corinthians: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (p. 228).

Prayer: Thank you for the love that always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. We ask that as we are being transformed together in the church, may we be your instruments to display this love to others. May those we are reaching out to, experience this quality of love that only comes from you: the love with no limit to faith, hope and endurance. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Song: Here is a remix of the song “Beauty” (written by Jason Park) by Epaphras & Chelle. As you follow along, let’s join in asking that we would behold Him more and be transformed into the likeness of His Son. (To listen click here)

-MK

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