Perseverance of Love – Devotion 346

Love is the ultimate ‘keep on keeping on’.  It doesn’t give up.  We all know there will be difficulties.  There will be struggles and challenges.  This is part of life.  No matter how much money we have or our status or our prestige or anything else, we are not exempt from the difficulties of life.  Since we are faced with this, love carries us through.  

Over the last few days, I have been writing about this special kind of love.  It is not any ordinary love.  It is not infatuation.  It is not lust.  It is not impure or selfish or based on appearance.  It is this deep abiding love that only comes from God because God is love.  This love keeps on keeping on even when adversity comes.  Even when love is challenged, it does not give up.  It perseveres through the most difficult.  I think of Jesus’ teachings on what love looks like.  He always reiterates the importance of loving God and loving others.  It is of utmost importance to him – and therefore, should be to us as well.  This is a love that carries through to our enemies.  It is a love that allows us to move forward, seeking God’s goodness.  It is a love that endures whatever life throws our way.  This is remarkable love we do not see in our world – we only see in God. 

Yet, God gives us this love.  He pours out this love in us.  He gives us this love so that we can persevere in loving others.  This love is based in God, not in our situation.  This love overcomes.  This love keeps on no matter what.  

This is the love I want to receive and share.  This is the love that will change the world.  

Focus Scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:7

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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