Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 18th, 2020
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV)
Love Never Fails
In an online article about “Christmas gifts that failed miserably”, Bev from Sutton Ontario writes: “My husband gave me a bottle of contact lens cleaner — I don’t wear glasses or contacts — with a box of dryer sheets. When I asked him why he told me that was all the store had left. We’ve been married 42 years this year, and his gift-giving has improved. A couple of years ago, I got a set of pots and pans from Larry the Liquidator and, last year, a hand-held Dirt Devil.”
All of us, at one time or another, have failed someone we love. We have broken a promise, shown up late for an appointment, or forgotten a birthday or anniversary. There are certain things we can do that causes someone else to doubt our love them for them. Human love can be so fickle. So what does 1 Corinthians 13:8 mean when it says “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” One of the challenges we have in English is that we only have one word for love. In Greek, there are three. And the word here is agape, which describes the love of God. It is this love that will never fail. God loves us. He can’t help that – He is by nature love. No matter how many other loved ones have failed you, God never will. Not ever. Not in this life and not in eternity. No matter what is happening in your life right now, rest in the assurance that God loves you faithfully.
These have been words from the heart.