“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:7-8a
Upon revelation of this passage, you see that God allows spiritually unequally yoked relationships—for our refinement. Why would you need patience if you were never around anyone who irritated you? Why would you clap your hands and rejoice when someone told the truth if they had always told the truth and never lied? You would not. How could you keep a record of wrongs with someone who had done no wrong? Trust is automatic when someone is always trustworthy. There would be no need for more hope in someone if one had already arrived. And finally, there would be absolutely no need to practice perseverance with someone who was perfectly stable and dependable in all things. In God’s perfect genius, He teaches us to hope, persevere and protect those who have a fragile ego, who are the smoldering wick. You encourage and express trust and hope for people who are fighting the good fight with the potential of budding righteousness. You have to endure with those who are in training or are a work in progress.
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