Love Never Fails

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:8

 

Love never fails. What a statement. In fact, it is a very challenging statement. Most of us can think of people that we once felt we loved then through a series of circumstances we came to the conclusion that we didn’t love them anymore. I’m not just talking about romantic relationships; I’m also talking about friendships that for one reason or other just fell apart.

In those cases, did love fail, or did we just fail to love? Many of us have prayed, “Lord, increase my love for you and others.” I’m not sure that can happen. Love either is or isn’t. Care and concern can be measured out, but I’m not sure love can be. If we don’t love anymore it is because we chose not to invest care and concern in the relationship anymore. Love hasn’t failed, we have failed to love.

Here is something to consider. When Paul relates that love never fails, he goes on to state that even spiritual gifts have a limit; at some point prophecies will cease, gifts of tongues and knowledge will cease but love will never cease. Paul wasn’t trying to define a time when these spiritual gifts would cease, but he was trying to remind us that our walk with God and work in the kingdom is not as much about our many gifts as it is about whether we love.

If we are not to become resounding gongs and clanging cymbals, then we are going to have to surrender to agape – God’s love. 

 

Prayer: Lord, too often I have focused on having a word to speak and have missed opportunities to love . Grant me a new baptism of love so that all that I do is bathed in your love. In Jesus name, amen.

 

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