Love Endures All Things

A church building destroyed by anti-Christian elements in Orissa, India (photo courtesy of the Global Council of Indian Christians)

A church building destroyed by anti-Christian elements in Orissa, India (photo courtesy of the Global Council of Indian Christians)

A 7th positive quality of love is that it“endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7, ESV). “Endures” is from hupomenei, “hold out; stand firm” (Concise Greek-English Dictionary, s. v. υπομενει); “to continue to bear up despite difficulty and suffering” (Greek-English Lexicon, s. v. υπομενει). To endure is to bear up “under all persecutions at the hand of man; all efforts to injure the person, property, or reputation; and bears all that may be laid upon us in the providence and by the direct agency of God(Barnes). To endure is to persevere. (Robertson’s Word Pictures)

Some Corinthians doubted and attacked the apostolic credentials of Paul. But Paul endured their distrust. Some Corinthian believers were cheated by their brethren. But they endured it in this attitude of love.

After the great fire in Rome in AD 64, the emperor Nero blamed the calamity on the Christians. He launched a campaign of persecution against them. Many believers endured it in gruesome ways. Tacitus, the Roman historian wrote, “And in their deaths they were made the subject of sport, for they were covered with the skins of wild beasts and were worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when day declined were burned to serve for nocturnal lights.” (John Rutherfurd, “Persecution,” International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc., in PC Study Bible V. 5) But these Christians persevered despite extreme difficulty.

In the present tense, love endures all things continually.

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