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Love Is Tough

Posted: Saturday, August 20

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Esther 8:1-10:3
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 21:23-24 

 

Verse of the day:

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7)


Love is tough. There are a few ways the word “tough” can be defined depending on whether it is used as an adjective, noun or a verb.  If it is used as a verb the definition is “endure a period of hardship or difficulty.” If it is used as a noun the definition is “a tough person, especially a gangster or criminal.” When used as an adjective the definition is “strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough or careless handling; involving considerable difficulty or hardship; requiring great determination or effort.”

 

 

Depending on the relationship (of love) that you are describing you may end up using anyone of these definitions.  When we read through these “love” verses in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we often read this section all together and feel challenged to love people better, but when I look around I still see a lot of broken relationships. I think largely the reason we find so many broken relationships (marriages included) is because we have not learned how to make our love the adjective of tough. When I read these verses I realize just how tough (and strong) love needs to be to endure. If we say we love the people in our life then we need to make our love tough. Tough enough to be able to withstand adverse conditions. All relationships are going to go through times of adverse conditions- friendships, siblings, parents, spouses- whatever the relationship is it will go through testing. That’s why God’s Word tells us that if we are to love, truly love like God loves our love can never give up, can never lose faith that things can change, will always hope that God can intervene, and will endure every and all circumstances. 

 

 

Now if that’s not a challenge to toughen up our love for others I don’t know what is. It’s not a nice suggestion—it’s the example- its what’s expected. I can just hear all the “…but what about this situation…but what about this circumstance…but they did this!...but I could never forgive them.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 “ Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Who in your life needs you to not give up on them? Who needs you to not lose faith in them? Who needs your hope? Who needs you to endure some hard circumstances? On our own we can’t do this—BUT God will give us the strength to toughen up your love to be able to do this!