Good Grief: Day Six “Love Never Fails”

Love Never Fails

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. ”
– I Corinthians 13:4-8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
-1 John 4:8

It was a Sunday morning at my home church, and we had a guest speaker coming in to give a word. It was amidst the tumultuous election season, and I was expecting the speaker to give us some insight on how to make it through this crazy time. I was struck with surprise when she delivered the punchline of her message because of how simple and unexpected it was. The one take away she wanted us  to get that morning was to read the word of God. I think I may have been struck by this message for another, more personal reason due to the fact that it had been a long time since I had deliberately sat down to read the bible. It was hard for me to pick up the word and to really focus, because I still had this tender place in my heart that felt let down by God. Why would I want to read the word of someone whom I had felt hurt me? But one thing the speaker said that morning came crashing down on this hurt,hesitant place in my heart, shattering my excuses to pieces. She said, “When we struggle with our purpose, anxieties and our fears it often boils down to [our] lack of the knowledge of God which is clearly spelled out in His word..and we are so intimidated by it”. In that moment, it all became clear. Maybe if I read the word more, I would see that God’s heart was not to hurt me. Maybe I would find out that none of the mess I am in today is because he is mad or displeased. When I read 1 Corinthians 13, I started to see a different picture of Jesus than what I had been feeling for so long. He is patient with my process, not annoyed with how long I am taking. He is not provoked by my mistakes and misguided steps. He isn’t laughing at me, ridiculing my naivety and foolishness. He feels and bears the weight of my pain. He has hope for my ability to get past this hard time. He will keep on loving me until I get to the finish line. And, above all else, He will never fail. Let these scriptures sink in deep today. Let His words shape how you perceive his heart towards you.

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