True Blue, Blood Brothers
Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 13
1Co 13:7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…………..
This chapter is one of the most beautiful of the entire bible. In it Paul is describing the characteristics of true love. As we read over the chapter, it doesn’t take long for each of us to realize that we fall short of achieving this kind of perfect love. Nevertheless, we are to be continually striving for perfect love for as long as we live on this earth. Today we will only look at one of the listed attributes of Agape love, the kind of love which God and Christ have for you and me.
On the surface, it would seem that to persevere is the same as to never fail. Maybe I am wrong, but I can see a possible distinction between the two. In my way of thinking, to “never fail” bears more relation to any single event, whereas “always perseveres” means that it can be counted upon forever and ever. An Agape, Godly love will time and time again always succeed when a circumstance requires it (never fail). On the other hand, love stands by ready to express itself not only at any given moment of need, but it perseveres even when it appears to not be present. Confusing? Probably, so we will go on.
We SSA men and women, because of our inherent insecurities, can incorrectly believe that God’s love for us has failed. That can happen when we think He hasn’t reacted to a particular situation in the manner we believed He should have. Therefore, we can erroneously believe that God’s Agape love has failed. What we can glean from verse 7 is this: God’s love will always persevere. During those times when we cannot sense His presence and His actions on our behalf, we can know for sure that His love for us does not die.
Each of us can likely remember many times in our lives when we knew for certain that God had displayed His love for us in some particular and unmistakable way. Because we can recall those times, we can be absolutely certain that He loves us. Because of those times, we can also know that His love for us will persevere. If He loved us once, He will always love us. Therefore, during those times when we believe He isn’t paying attention, we know that He definitely IS paying attention. That means that His love is perfectly working in our behalf even when we doubt it.
Applying this truth to our love for others, as we develop and nourish Godly love for others we will come to a point when our love for others will not fail, and it will persevere. We see worldly love being displayed all around us – failed marriages, failed friendships, and breakup after breakup within the gay community. A “love” which expresses itself at times, but eventually fails, is not real love. It is something else, something which is false somewhere underneath the surface.
We will know that we have achieved an unfailing and persevering love, as our Lord wants us to have, when the object of our love can do nothing which causes our love for him or her to die. The love we are striving for as Christians is one that never fails and always perseveres. The love we are striving for is the kind displayed by Christ on the cross – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If we love someone correctly, we will continue to love them no matter what they do or how they may treat us.
When we were children, we sometimes played “blood brothers,” where friendships were sealed as “forever.” When we accepted Christ as our Savior, He became our always, forever, “Blood Brother.” God’s love for you and me will never fail and will always persevere. We must never, never forget that!!
Prayer: Yes, Lord, we haven’t achieved that kind of perfect love as yet. Continue to grow us in Your ways, so that we will get closer to that goal each and every day. We want to love others in the same way that You love Your redeemed. And of course, we thank You because we can know for sure that Your love for us will never fail and will always persevere.