Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV)
As I was looking into Jenny’s eyes, I can’t remember the things that I said in front of our family and friends in that small country church on June 19, 2004. I remember repeating things after her dad that sounded a lot like these things in 1 Corinthians 13. My mind was on: Jenny looks really good! Are all tuxes this itching? Why is it so hot in here? Wonder what gifts we got back there? Forever is a long time.
Needless to say, I was distracted on the meaning of the words. As I read through these words today, I realize that I’m better at loving people when I’ve experienced Jesus’ love for me. His love for me shows me how to love people—my wife, my daughter, my friends, my neighbors, and my church. Jesus fosters an environment of love in His relationship with us. Living in this environment teaches us how to love.
Think about how Jesus bears and endures us. None of us are number one draft picks that Jesus has to have on His team or else the team will go down without us. The best we have to offer Jesus is us—comes with a lot of mess, some humility, and plenty of selfishness. He hangs in there with us, as He changes us to love people like He loves.
To sum up 1 Corinthians 13:7: love is commitment. It’s a commitment to hang in there with that person. It’s a commitment to believe and hope the best for that person.
So…who are you loving?