Love bears all things. Love is patient. Patience is the ability or willingness to bear things. What kind of things do we have bear? We bear lots of things, like hardships, temptations, wrongs done against, suffering, trials, physical or financial problems, and many other things.
Bearing hardships is difficult. But it helps to remember God uses all things for good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). If you are steadfast is following God, even when there are hard times God will use it for good some way. We might not know how, but God is faithful and will carry it out for His good purposes in your life.
Bearing temptations is challenging too. It helps to know the source of our temptations. The Bible tells us we have three sources of our temptations: (1) Satan, (2) the world, and (3) our selves. As God is not the author of temptation, we can rest in His guidance. God always makes a way out so we are able to bear it. No one is ever tempted beyond what they can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Bearing the wrongs done against us is hard. It’s difficult to be patient when things are not going our way. It’s helpful to remember it’s our way is not important, but God’s way is. Ask yourself whether this current slight against you is would still be remembered 100 years from now. It probably wouldn’t be, so don’t waste any time harboring bitter feelings over it. Jesus taught the disciples to forgive others 70 times 7, as if to say we should always forgive. Bearing the wrongs through forgiveness is what love does.
Lord Jesus, thank you for bearing with our weaknesses. Thank you for your Spirit to enable us to bear all things as you do. In your name we pray, Amen.
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