Love bears all things

Presented by: Pastor Lynden on February 4, 2018.

From the story of Joseph in Genesis 37 we find an example of how love bears all things.

The core passage is in 1 Corrinthians 13.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Joseph was hated by his brothers because he was the favorite son. They tried to kill him by putting him in a pit. His life from this point on is an adventure where Joseph was tested and his love for his brothers was under pressure.

Using his story as an allegory, we can gain insights into how we should behave when our love for others is under pressure.

From the primary commandments of Jesus to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength and love your neighbor as yourself, we have a standard to keep us in God’s will as we love God, ourselves, and our neighbors. True love in your heart will help you not reach into that pit and try to manipulate people into performing in a way that you would feel good about.