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Day Fifteen

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:7 Laliah Akita writes, “Do not escape your pain, endure it patiently as a purification for your soul. “Whoever endures the worst, can withstand anything. Endure suffering as a good soldier of Christ.” The writer of Hebrews states, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer,r and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” The ability to endure is not based on my strength but on God’s strength. The love that “endures all things” is the one that can stand the pressure when things are not going right. The Greek word means “to bear up under” or “to remain under.” Even after all human hope is gone, God’s love will patiently endure for Jesus’ sake. It bears up under the love of God. It remains under the love of God. In fact, the trials of life are used by God to produce endurance and patience. God’s love will sustain you in the deepest trial and in the darkest night. Moses wrote, “The eternal God is your refuge, underneath are the everlasting arms.” Our security is in God. Don’t waste valuable time getting upset over the changing circumstances of your life. God has a purpose and plan for every circumstance, even when we are not aware of it. Love hopes all things and endures all things. Pray this morning for endurance to believe. Pray for more patient endurance in your life. Pray for endurance in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities.