“Bear all things in love;” a line that has been recited over over again as we sit in church services or read endless devotions about selfless love. Maybe you heard this phrase in an infamous sermon preached for the 1,000th time or maybe you have thought about such a phrase and just grazed the surface of something that is deeply rooted in such relentless and never-ending love, but what about the actual meaning of such a phrase; the depth in which the words pertain?
What about the depth of the words that echo the majesty of the Father as He is affectionate to us as we cry out to Him? What about the depth of the words that reflect the utter blood shed of Christ’s love-filled sacrifice where the very ones who loved Him turned on Him by letting a criminal go as He suffered to die? What about the depth of the words that reflect the love of Christ in all of His glory as love came down as both God and man in utter humanity that wasn’t lavished in riches or wealthy things, but homely appearances and humble means. What about the splendor of such words of knowing that bating all things in love means baring the love of Christ within us as we radiate His infinite and tender grace that bring forth life-breathing truth?
What about the suffering that Christ had to endure in order for us to simply utter the words “bare all things in love?”
What about the about the pain of rejection Christ faced as He bore the sins of the world with love as He was betrayed by the very one he loved; a disciple who followed Him and saw the very wonders of His glory in front of his own eyes?
What about the horrific suffering that Christ endured to allow us to bare all things in love as Hs stepped down from His righteous throne so that we incomplete, imperfect, and flawed human beings could live forever in His presence?
“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
What about the never-ending streams of mercies behind such a phrase of “bear all things in love?” To simply use such a phrase lightly is to be considered ruthless, for in order to even comprehend love in the slightest, He had to shed His perfect blood as He loved us first.
Oh, to bear all things in love. It isn’t about the Instagram captions, it isn’t about saying it in a sermon, nor is it something that one takes lightly, butto bear all things in love is to reflect Christ and His glory in every action and deed that we do as we surrender our all to His kingdom.
to bear all things in loveis not about highlighting the verses in your Bible, nor is it about the artificial love in which many are accustomed too, but baring all things in love means laying down your pride and loving as Christ loved as He humbly loved us first.
To “bear all things in love,” we must outstretch our hands with forgiveness even if it is unwarranted and unearned, for as Christ forgave us as His blood was shed, so shall we forgive without grumbling.
To “bear all things in love,” we must be like Christ and outstretch selflessness as He did while washing the very feet of the ones who He would later die for, suffer for, and be beaten for.
To “bear all things in love,” we must set aside pride, anger, and ill words in exchange for compassion, soft words, and gentleness as we breathe out grace as Christ did with us, for who are we to give up on others when Christ refused to give up on us even when He was betrayed?
To “bear all things in lovee” we must first love Him, seek Him, and we must be ever so captivated by Him that we cannot stand to go one second without Him.
That is how one bares all things in love. It is not just “another verse,” but it is the very heartbeat of Christ; the heartbeat that bore all things in love as the cross bore down on His back, as the nails hammered into His wrists and ankles, and as the tears that cascaded down His face as those below mocked Him.
As He hung on the cross unable to breathe as the soldiers mocked Him and His glory, He still ever so loved. The very fabric of His beaten, broken, and battered body as He hung with His final breathes near, was the first example of baring all things in love; baring all the sins of the world upon His shoulders as the world watched in silence.
Oh, to bear all things in love is to love like Christ as He surrendered His all for us so that we might live. Therefore, “to bare all things in love” isn’t artificial, it isn’t another cheesy Christian one-liner, but it is the very fabric in who Jesus is; loving us even in our unworthiness with compassion, grace, and loving-kindness that is slow to anger.
If the Lord must break me to be a woman who bears all things in love, then I let Him break me, for to bare all things in love as He did is worth being broken 1,000 times for.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7