- "It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (NIV)
- "Love puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end." (The Message)
- "Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (NASB)
- "Love keeps quiet about others' faults, continues to trust, continues with hope, endures everything." (my English translation of the Nuwe Lewende Vertaling)
- "Covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, bears all things." (my English translation of the Afrikaans 1983 Vertaling)
- "Love protects where people need to be protected, love always believes the best of other people and anticipates it from them. Love knows no end." (my English translation of Die Boodskap)
Western society would say otherwise. Love up to a point. Love only as long as it's good for you. Love until you've had enough, can't take it anymore, need to move on. Love as long as it benefits you and serves you well. In other words, only give love if you get something in return. Somehow I don't think that's what Paul (or Jesus) meant, but on the other hand, this "bears all things" seems so... impossible at times.
What about all of the evils in this world? The betrayals, violence, rejection, blatant harm and hate? Does love endure that? I don't want to make a blanket statement and incite the wrath of half the world (mostly because I don't know the answer to this question, and even if I did, I can't say that what's right for me to do is also right for everyone else), but some of the most amazing stories - humanity at its best - involved people loving their "enemy", enduring "all things" with a love that goes far beyond my comprehension.
In those cases, I'm not sure where love ends and forgiveness begins, or if they are synonyms of one another. Maybe it's always like that.