Charity, Pt. 21

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 this passage on the subject of charity, we have come to the final characteristic: charity “endure all things.”  Sometimes life is difficult.  We have never been promised a bed of roses.  We have never been promised a nice, comfortable, easy life.  In fact, in many cases, we have promised just the opposite.  People are going to hate us (not because they hate us, but because they hate the One we serve – Jesus Christ).  People are going to misunderstand us.  People are going to mock us and make fun of us.  As Christians, we are going to have to “endure” some things.  Charity enables us to “endure all things.”

Charity enables us to endure all things because charity is a Christ-like love.  A sacrificial, giving, caring love like that helps us to understand that there is something greater in our lives than us.  Charity enable us to endure all things for the hope of the gospel.  It enables us to endure all things for others.  It enables us to endure all things for the name of Jesus Christ.  Charity gives us strength to deal with whatever may come our way.

There are many characteristics of charity.  No person is perfect and no person has perfect charity (except, of course, the Lord Jesus).  But we can look at these things and see what we should be.  We can look at this list and maybe see some areas in which we need work.  We all need charity.  We all need to have more charity.

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. Yes we do and we must come to it that we cannot “work this kind of love up” in our own power. We must call for it from God who gives to all men liberally!

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  2. That is very true! In fact, it made me start thinking and gave me an idea for another post. Thanks!

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