Characteristics of Loyal Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things,” 1 Corinthians 13:7.
If my son comes home from school tomorrow and tells me he has an A in science, I am going to believe him. Why would I believe him? Since he is my son and I love him, I want to believe him and I would absolutely love for that to be true. I want him to do his best and make good grades, and if he thinks he is doing well, I want to celebrate his success. But, what will happen when he brings home his report card and his grade in science is not an A? Will I love him any less? If my love were dependent upon his performance, then it would not be love at all, would it?
Of course, to love someone means we must be willing to put up with mistakes and failures. That is why, in verse 7 of 1 Corinthians 13, it states that love “beareth all things” and “endureth all things.” The strength of our love is tested when the recipients of our love are less than lovable. Think about it. It is easy to love someone who loves you back and makes life easier for you. As long as everything is going smoothly, love flows freely. But, what about when things do not go smoothly? What about when my child brings home a bad grade? It is in these moments when love is difficult and the genuineness of our love is tested.
The purpose of love is to strengthen the other person, helping him to realize his full potential as a child of God. That does not happen overnight, and there are many bumps along the way. Love believes all things and hopes all things, but it also endures all things.

Will you show loyal love today?
Mark Clements

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