The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
Defining What It Means to Endure All Things
Love should be characterized by perseverance. It has a “never say die” kind of attitude. This word “endure” is sometimes used in the military for soldiers that didn’t give up their ground – no matter how difficult it became. Love doesn’t quit on people.
A Biblical Example of NOT Enduring All Things
For a moment, the Apostle Peter exemplified an attitude of quitting when the “heat was turned up.” I realize he was later martyred for his faith, which is enduring all things, but when asked three times if he knew Christ, he denied any attachment or relationship with him. He knew there could be persecution ramifications for affirmed his knowledge of Jesus; so he compromised and didn’t show love to the Lord at that moment. He did not endure all things for him … at that time (John 18:25-27).
A Biblical Example of Enduring All Things
Certainly, any martyr in history could be an example of one who endures all things. Stephen is an example we read about in Acts 7.
And aren’t you thankful that Jesus was willing to endure (John 19:30)? No one suffered more than Him; no one else was the object of God’s wrath.
No one loves like Jesus. If you will allow me, re-read I Corinthians 13:4-7 and instead of reading the word “love,” insert the word “Jesus.”
“4 Jesus is patient and kind; Jesus does not envy or boast; Jesus is not arrogant 5 or rude. Jesus does not insist on His own way; Jesus is not irritable or resentful; 6 Jesus does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but He rejoices with the truth. 7 Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”