Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:1-13  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Have you ever considered how God must feel when you and I fail to demonstrate the love which was implanted in our hearts at salvation? What if He had given up on us when we didn’t respond to His first invitation to become His child? What kinds of children would we be if never disciplined? And He does discipline those He loves.
See Hebrews 12: 6.
  
Jesus also is a loving Savior, but respects our lives sufficiently that He will not force His way into our hearts. John wrote these words in Revelation [3:20]: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any hear My voice and opens the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with Me.”
 
Someone has said that the locks on our hearts are on the inside and we are the only ones who can open them. However, I am thankful Jesus continued knocking at my
heart’s door until I opened it to Him. Jesus’ continuing to knock demonstrate that love never fails as long as He sees a spark of possible trust in Him. I truly believe one reason Jesus chose Judas was His hope that by being closely associated with Him that maybe he would be saved. However, scripture tells us Jesus chose him knowing
he would betray him.
 
Father, when I pray for a loved one or friend and see no results, help me to remember love never fails; so help me mix a lot of love with my prayers. I can’t see what You are accomplishing behind the scenes, but help me know love never fails and keep on praying. Thanks for what You are doing. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby