I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boiled over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love endures everything without weakening! When we first started talking about love, we discussed how love bears hardship and survives despite disagreeable circumstances. The rest of this phrase says- without weakening. That means that if we are walking in love, not only will we survive whatever is thrown our way, but we will do so without vacillating or wavering. The great thing for us is that when we don’t have the strength to continue walking in love, we can rely upon God. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 the Lord speaks to Paul and says My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. If the writer of a large part of the New Testament had to depend on the strength of God to get him through, how much more do we have to trust Him to help us?
When we feel like we can’t continue to walk in love, that’s when we can call upon His grace to help us. Ephesians 6:24 says 24Grace (God’s undeserved favor) be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying and incorruptible [love]. Amen (so let it be). Grace is God’s ability in us allowing us to do the things we could not do on our own. Once we realize that it’s God’s grace that enables us to keep loving throughout everything, we can ask Him to help us when we don’t feel like we have the ability.