Have you ever been afraid someone you love would stop loving you? Maybe you’re struggling with insecurity. Or you haven’t been very loving yourself. Perhaps it’s been a long time since you’ve been your “best self,” and you’re afraid they’re going to give up on you.
This week’s verse speaks of the type of love we all crave, the “love [that] never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8a ESV). Several translations say, “Love never fails.”
Raise your hand, or better yet, email me if you can promise to love any person in your life perfectly, all the time, no matter what. (I’m not expecting a lot of emails. Not even one from my husband, Bert.)
Undoubtedly, many of us aspire never to fail when it comes to loving people we truly care about. We even seek to love God perfectly, yet we fail here also. We prove it each time we dishonor Him with one of our poor choices.
Isn’t it good to know God’s love for us never fails – no matter what we do? It remains forever strong. While He doesn’t love all our choices, He does love us – unconditionally and without fail.
Let’s not take our Heavenly Father’s love for granted. Instead, let’s continue to grow in our appreciation for His love and seek to love Him unfailingly. Every day, let’s spend time with God in prayer and read (and apply) His Word. As we grow in our awareness of God’s love for us and as we grow in our love for Him, we’ll become better at loving those around us.
Loving others, especially when they don’t “deserve” our affection, is more important than we realize. When we model God’s love, our relationships thrive. When we refrain from behaving in unloving, spiteful ways to those who annoy us, mistreat us and don’t love us back, we show the world what real love looks like. This type of love begins with knowing God’s love for us, recognizing God’s love for others, and purposing to love others with the love He puts in our hearts.
My husband, Bert, often demonstrates this type of love toward me. After we fight, he’ll make his way to me – even when I’m still angry – and hold me. Each time he does, I experience the kind of love I crave most at that moment – a love that whispers, “I will never stop loving you.”
What about you?
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- Do you struggle with the fear of rejection?
- Do you struggle with loving others even when they’re not perfect?
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