1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Wherever there is love within the heart there is present the power to endure.
Think of the mother with her little child. Not long ago she was a restless girl. Now, when her little one is ill, she is beautifully and divinely patient.
And this endurance, which is never sullen, but instinctive, and often with a song in it, is like a token of spring and blossoming of love.
God is patient, says St. Augustine, because He is eternal. But there is a deeper source of His patience than eternity.
He is patient because He loves. He bears with and pardons us a thousand times, and endures our folly and our shames, just because His love endureth all things.
Let any man love learning, and what will he not endure in its acquiring? He will scorn delights and live laborious days, and be supremely happy in his travail.
Love is one great secret of endurance, and our Lord empowers His children to endure by the new love He kindles in their hearts.
He shows them that God is eminently lovable. He reveals the lovable element in man.
He sends into their hearts His gracious Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit is love.
What hatred or indifference cannot do, love can do, and is doing every day.
Love endureth all things.