“His love endures forever.” I was thinking on this the other day after reading in the Psalms. I was struck by the use of “endures.” I think of endurance as pushing through something difficult or unpleasant. Indeed, many of the definitions given for “endure” agree with my thoughts (see end of post). There is one definition, however, possessing a more positive connotation: to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries. (www.dictionary.com)
It seemed to me a double entendre, and I always love a good one of those. His love endures forever in that it plows through the difficult things (our failures, doubts, shortcomings) and His love never fails us — it, to paraphrase the above definition, continues in its greatness.
I don’t know about you, but I sure appreciate all-forgiving, never-ending love!
–verb (used with object) 1. to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
2. to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer.
3. to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
5. to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
6. to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.