1 Corinthians 13:7
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This quality of love follows as a consequence from the last-named element, viz., "faith." While this hopefulfulness is again a source of the next. quality — endurance. The hopefulness of love.
I. IS ATTESTED BY
1. Its nature. For love will not let go any ground for expecting the best things concerning the admired, or for anticipating the best things concerning even the pitied. Unwilling to forebode ill, it is sanguine ever of good.
2. Its history. Love is always known to be declining when it is unhopeful. The infinite love is the God of hope.
II. GIVES LIFE AND BEAUTY TO LOVE. Whilst love is a source of hope, hope again feeds the lamp of love. It suggests the better. explanation of what seems mysterious in human or in Divine procedure, and thus it endows love with an eye that never grows dim.
(U. R. Thomas.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.