Love never fails – it’s a hard statement for us to wrap our mind around. We see so many things fail which seem so full of love. We experience the car we love refuse to crank when we are not even home. We taste the food we love and know it is adding to the abundance of us to love. We watch relationships fail we just knew would survive most anything. We see things we love fail and we feel things we hold so dear slip away. How is it that it can even be written that love never fails? Was Paul having a moment of insanity? Or was he with the one he loved?
We are taught in the Bible not only that love never fails, we are also taught that God is love. If love never fails and God is love, that would mean God never fails. God’s love never fails. God’s love transcends the experience. God’s love is more powerful than the things we often associate with the word ‘love’. People fail. Ideas fail. Experiences fail. Our thoughts of what should happen when, where and how fail. Our demands upon God fail. Yet, God never fails.
God is love and his love cannot be compared to anything else. And even though it is so powerful, he pours out his love on us. We get the opportunity to live in this love. We are given this love to not only change us, but to share. This is how we love God and love others – through God’s love. God is offering this love to you and me. May we experience the love which never fails – and may we share it.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
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