By Not Known
When love fails, tempers flare, hurtful words fly, fist-fights and abuses ravage our relationships… husband and wife estranged from each other over painful years… face-offs between parents and children leave another generation broken… bosom friends become sworn enemies… When love fails, so do joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We live in a world of broken relationships – at home, in the workplace, in our community, and between peoples and nations. We make efforts to mend these relationships, but personalities and problems are so diverse and complex that we simply run out of resolves and reserves to keep loving and trusting, not to mention forgiving one another “seventy-seven times” (Matt 18:22). When love fails, trust and forgiveness fail as well.
Some people are more loving than others. Some people are more trusting than others. Some people are more forgiving than others. But no one can be equally and consistently loving, trusting and forgiving to everyone else. If we look for unfailing love, trust and forgiveness within broken people, it is only a matter of time that we will be disappointed.
The Bible encourages us to look heavenward instead. Consider what these passages reveal about the God of heaven and earth:
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world [humankind] that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 10:28 – Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.”
Romans 8:38-39 – Paul wrote, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In Christ alone, we can experience God’s unfailing love and forgiveness. In Him we renew our resolves and refresh our reserves to keep loving and forgiving. God’s love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8) and He will never break His promises to us (Judges 2:1). Will you accept God’s love today?