1 Corinthians 13:7
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I. OPERATES IN MANIFOLD DIRECTIONS.
1. There is a sense in which it finds exercise towards God. The heart that loves God is not tormented with the mysteries of His Providence. The lips of love say, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" In the midst of inscrutable events in individual or national life, the filial child of God "believeth all things" about His wisdom and love.
2. It finds frequent exercise in relation to the imperfections of friendship. Often in social life there is need for the best construction to be put upon some word or some action. Love so believes in the beloved that it eagerly puts that construction.
3. It finds exercise in relation to mankind generally. With the true "enthusiasm of humanity," its views of men, its interpretations of men are inspired by a faith it is very unwilling to forego. And thus, as long and as far as possible, it "believeth all things."
II. IS AN UNSPEAKABLE GAIN TO MEN. For who cannot see that to have —
1. Unbroken repose in God's government.
2. Ungrudging trust in friendship, and —
3. Unfaltering belief in humanity, exerts the highest influences on —
(U. R. Thomas.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.