Love Never Fails

Sometimes I  get tired of “doing the right thing.” I get tired of caring, of trying, of hoping, and persevering.  Weary…disheartened, and maybe just a little jaded. That’s me, on some days. The honest truth is, on those days, I endure out of obligation–that sense of responsibility that keeps me from going AWOL. After all, I have three children counting on me to care for their basic physical and emotional needs.

Recently during a particularly disheartening period of stress and struggle for me, I cried out to God in frustration and even desperation. “How many times am I going to keep doing this and not see a change? How long do I have to keep going? When is it going to get easier? Will my hard work ever pay off?”

Jesus answered me with this reminder, “Love always hopes, always endures. Love never fails. I have loved you with that kind of love. I persevere and pursue you relentlessly.” It wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for. Maybe nothing is going to get easier. And maybe my hard work won’t pay off in the way that I hope. Maybe I have a lot longer of nothing changing. But this is exactly the answer I needed, for it is the “love of Christ that compels me.” His passionate, unwavering, and unending love for me draws me to a place of rest. His love in me, gives me the desire and power to persevere.

Paul told the Thessalonian believers that he prayed for God to enable them to live worthy lives, accomplishing all the good things their faith prompted them to do, because then, “…the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live…” Later he added, “May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ!” That is exactly what I need: patient endurance, and it only comes from Christ as we understand the LOVE of God.

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