Love bears, believes, hopes, endures all things, says Paul.
Job’s wife says to her husband, “Curse God and die!” (Job 2: 9)
At the foot of the Cross, “the rulers scoff at [Jesus], saying, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is the Christ of God, His Chosen One!’ ” (Luke 23: 35)
Job’s love of God bears up under enormous pressure. Christ’s love of us and His trust in His Father endure enormous evil from the hands of men.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by [such] great…witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endures the cross, despising the shame.” (Hebrews 12: 1 – 2)
“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal.” (Philippians 3: 13 – 14)
And the goal is love. “Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13: 8)