When we are injured, slighted, or not treated properly in life, we can “bear” those insults if we have love. Love is strong in its silence—its ability to endure without fighting back and responding harshly when we are wronged.
Love is like a roof over our heads that protects us from exposure, ridicule, or harm…Love shelters people from damaging words. Love in Christ “bears” all things, while life in the world “bares” all things.
Love sympathizes and empathizes. To use modern terminology, love “feels the pain” of those who are covered by it. Jesus loved us when He bore our griefs and sorrows…It is that reality that is the heart of the Christian Gospel: Christ taking our sins upon Himself.
People who believe all things…
1. Are not suspicious.
2. Believe people are innocent until proven guilty.
3. Don’t jump to negative conclusions.
4. Take the best view or interpretation of the facts.
5. Don’t assume others have ulterior motives.
Believing all things does not mean we should fall away from the truth, but that we should be open and trusting and be ready to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Jesus Christ exemplified seeking the good of others in so many ways by taking on the form of a servant (Philippians 2). His life theme was, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Instead of forcing His disciples to serve Him, He served them by washing their feet (John 13).
The opposite of selfishness is service. You cannot live a solitary life and be selfless. Selfless people are involved in service and ministry to others. On the other hand, you cannot be a genuine servant of Christ and other people and be selfish. The more you focus on others, the less time and interest you have to focus on yourself.
Whether in the home or in the fields of service, people recognize agape love when they come in contact with it. Make sure that, wherever you are, selfless love is what people see in you.
As we obey the command to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), that fruit will be manifested in our lives.
• Joy: the strength of love.
• Peace: the security of love.
• Longsuffering: the stability of love.
• Kindness: the sobriety of love.
• Goodness: the simplicity of love.
• Faith: the surety of love.
• Gentleness: the selflessness of love.
• Self-control: the selflessness of love.
Only the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to carry out the command to love.
The concept of love in the world today is to love expecting something in return. That is in stark contrast to God’s love—which is unconditional. We don’t earn it—it ours regardless of our actions. We should model our love for others after God’s love for us. Our commitment and responsibility should be to love others with no expectation in return—that is selfless love.