6th, love “hopes all things” (1 Cor. 13: 7, ESV). Do you remember
the prodigal son? It is the story of the lost son, who left his father and family, taking all of his inheritance, and squandering it away in a faraway land. I cannot help but think of the father, who kept on hoping that his son would return someday. How do I know that? Jesus said, “But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him” (Luke 15:20, NKJV). Even from afar off, the father was already watching. He was already hoping that his son will come home someday. And come home he did.
That’s what hope here means. The verb is from elpizei, “to look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial” (Greek-English Lexicon, s. v. ελπιζει). It’s in the present tense here. You keep on hoping and expecting.
Love hopes “that all will turn out well.” (Barnes) Hope means that despite bad things and bad behavior by other people, you keep on expecting something good will come out of it. Hope continues to expect difficult things to someday turn out good.
When you serve others, you do so in love, which keeps on hoping that something good will happen. You do not despair. You look forward to the favor of God with confidence. You see “the bright side of things” (Robertson’s Word Pictures). Despite bad situations, you stay hoping for good, God-ordained things to happen to others.
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