What better way to wrap up this short series on love than with God’s unending, unwavering love? His love truly never ends. He loved us enough to allow Noah and his family to endure the flood. He loved Israel enough to not remove them from the planet. He loved you and me enough to send His Son to die; the pay the penalty of sin, so that we could spend eternity with Him. That’s love.
We all know people (marriages in particular)who have endured through all of the trials that life could send their way. We also know people who have crumbled at the first sign of trouble. We all know what the difference is. Love.
Love never fails.
Lover never fails because Jesus’ love never fails. And we should want to love as He did/does. Remember Peter stating that he would never deny his Lord? He did. Three times. But, through it all and in spite of it, Jesus kept loving Peter – just as He continues to love you, no matter what.
People may choose to give up and walk away, but that choice is not yours. The Kendrick brothers write “If love can be told to quit loving, then it’s not really love. Love that is from God is unending, unstoppable. If the object of its affection doesn’t choose to receive it, love keeps giving anyway…But if your marriage fails, if your spouse walks away, let it not be because you gave up or stopped loving them.” (p. 191-192) Love never fails.
In his Word God defines love as an action. In the great “love chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, love is defined as something that is done, rather than a feeling. “Love is [being] patient, love is [being] kind, …”
Actually, the entire Bible revolves around one great act of love. God extended his love toward us all. Jesus described it this way: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
Jesus’ love is defined in what he did. His valentine to us came not in the form of a card, but a cross. He literally gave us his heart. And the loving relationship he promises those who trust in him is truly undying. Love never fails.
Love never fails. Because the first evidence of the fruit of the Spirit is love and the Holy Spirit is unchanging, just as God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Since the Holy Spirit is unchanging, then the demonstration of love is unchanging. “It is based on the will of God, the calling of God, and the Word of God – all unchanging things.” (p. 192) If the Holy Spirit, then your love is supernatural and will never change. Because love never fails.
Love never fails. Because it is built on the Word of God – which will last forever. “Each quality of love outlined in [The Love Dare] is based on the love of God, captured and expressed in the Word of God. The unchanging Word of God. No challenge or circumstance can occur that will ever put an expiration date on Him or His love. Therefore, your love – made of that same substance – bears the same unchanging characteristics.” (p. 193) Because His love never fails.
It’s time to go deeper. It’s time to examine your own personal thoughts in order to express them into words. No one is perfect, and it’s time to declare that, even though those imperfections exist, your love is even greater. No matter what they’ve done, your choice is to endure in love. No matter if you’ve been inconsistent (or conditional) in your love, those days are over. Declare that your love will never fail.
Scripture to encourage you in truth today:
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:12
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22, 25
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-8, 11-12
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16b
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. Luke 21:3
Today’s Challenge: Learn to love as God does. Pray for Him to love through you.
Kendrick, Stephen and Alex, The Love Dare (Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2008)