Charity, Pt. 18

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In our journey through this passage on charity, we have come to the fact that charity “Beareth all things.”  Charity is patient and charity is able to handle whatever comes into its life.  Charity is not weak.  Charity is very strong in the Lord.  Sometimes the things that we need to deal with in life are difficult.  Sometimes they can be very heavy.  Sometimes they seem like they can almost overwhelm us.  But charity knows the Lord.  Charity is able to bear “all things.”  No matter what it is or how hard it may be, charity finds strength in the Lord.

Bearing all things sometimes means that we need to help others bear their burdens, in addition to bearing our own burdens.  That is going to take more strength than we have on our own.  That is going to take the strength of the Lord.

But that is exactly what charity does.  Charity is a sacrificial, Christ-like love for others.  That love sometimes manifests itself in helping to bear the burdens of others.  Charity does not live in isolation.  Charity doesn’t just talk about and think about love.  Charity is love.  Charity goes out and demonstrates love.  Charity shows love by helping others.

How are we doing today at “bearing all things?”  Do we trust in the Lord to help us?  Or do we crumble under the load of our own problems?  Charity is able to bear all things.  Are we?





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