1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never ends.
There’s one thing in this world that will never end, can never be defeated by the forces of darkness and continues on into the next life. God’s love never ends, it never fails, and there’s nothing we can do to affect His love for us. The Lord is sovereign and He will chose whom to love.
It should be noted that nowhere in all of Paul’s descriptions of what love is and is not does he ever refer to it as an emotion. Love is so far beyond just being something we feel, though we make it out to be nothing more. We talk of “falling in love” and then “falling out of love”, but that just isn’t characteristic of love at all. Love cannot be fallen into or fallen out of because it’s an action, not a whim. Loving is a choice, and we must choose to love everyday.
God’s love for us is unconditional, not based on feelings or circumstances. He chooses to love us, just as we should choose to love those around us, regardless of whether or not they deserve it. Love never fails, it can never be defeated, and it will endure forever. When God chose to sacrifice His Son on the cross to take on the punishment we deserved for our sins, love won, once and for all.
1 Corinthians 13:7 [Love] endures all things
Relationships are never a walk in the park every single day. No matter how much you love someone and they love you, there will be moments of disappointment, struggle, discontentment, and resentment. The simple reason for that is that relationships consist of human beings and human beings are not perfect. We all hurt those we love and they hurt us, whether it’s intentional or unintentional.
The truth of the matter is that far too many people these days are bailing out instead of sticking around through the hard times. It’s easy to just say goodbye rather than putting in the time and effort it takes to reconcile with someone. What no one wants to hear about love is that it takes a lot of hard work. It takes perseverance, humility, and the willingness to press on. Love is made up of imperfect people who continue to love despite their hurts and hardships.
No one was more betrayed and hurt by those He loved than Jesus. The very fact that He had to suffer the pain of the cross was due to the fact that those He created turned against Him and sinned. God had to sacrifice His own Son because His creation failed to love Him as He so loved them. But despite our rejection of God, He did make that sacrifice, paying the ultimate price to reconcile with us, His fallen creatures. Love won out because our Father was willing to do what had to be done to restore our relationship with Him.
1 Corinthians 13:7 [Love] hopes all things
Love is not just concerned with accepting things the way they are. Love always hopes for the best in everything. For the marriage that’s gone wrong, love hopes for reconciliation. For the lost soul, love hopes for redemption and regeneration. Love can’t just leave things the way they are when they’re not what God wants them to be.
When you pray for others, do you pray with the hope that they’ll see the Father come through for them? Do you pray with the hope that you’ve asked according to God’s will? When someone’s heading down the wrong path, do you have hope for them that they can be redeemed? Do you find hope in the fact that everything is working toward the purposes of God?
When Jesus, who is Himself love, came to earth to bride the gap between us and God, He brought us hope. In Him we can rest assured that all things are being held together and sustained by our Creator, who loves us and calls us according to His purposes. Love doesn’t look at this world all around us and despair. Love hopes all things.