“Love Endures All Things” (1 Corinthians 13: 6 – 7, ESV) by Carley Evans

Love bears.
Love believes.
Love hopes.
Love endures.

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)

“Under His Net” (Hosea 7: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans

To be a cake not turned; an oven in which the fire is not stirred; to be “a dove, silly and without sense calling” for its bondage to return; to be ones who “return, but not upward.” Of these God says, “As they go, I will spread over them My net; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens; I will discipline them.” (Hosea 7: 11, 12)

“Do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the Lord reproves him who He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3: 11)

The author of Hebrews encourages us: “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Then, the author quotes the aforementioned verse, and adds: “It is discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.” (Hebrews 12: 4, 7 – 10)

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12: 12)