Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
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
What will endure to the end of your life and beyond? The things we do with love for God and love for our neighbour will endure well past our lives. Ask God to fill your day with a love for Him and pray that your work will be done with a love for your neighbour.
There are just 30 people in Love, in Saskatchewan. I’m sure you’re thinking there must be more than that. Well, it depends on your definition of love. Love, Saskatchewan is a tiny hamlet with a population, at last count, of 30. Canada Post has even given the town its own postmark – a teddy bear holding a heart – and invites people to post letters from the village post office, allowing them to “mail it with love.” Millions of wedding invitations have been mailed from the small post office. The town got its start in 1934 when Bill Sears opened his general store (no, not THAT Sears!) The following year, Mr. Sears opened a post office and when the provincial government offered 35 acres of land for sale on the edge of town, existing landowners formed the Love Development Company and the village was underway.
Everything that we experience in this life is passing. The world is finite and few things last longer than a lifetime. What we can so easily forget, however, is that human beings are made for eternity and there are things that will never come to an end. Paul speaks about this in 1 Corinthians 13:9: “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.” Much about what we experience as followers of Jesus will one day pass away. When Jesus establishes His kingdom, and gathers His bride the church to be with Him, there will no longer be the need for such things as prophecies and manifestation gifts and supernatural knowledge. On that day all mystery will be revealed and we will understand everything. The one consistency in this life and into eternity is love. In fact, love will be perfected as sin and selfishness is eradicated. Human love is so fickle – unlike the love of God, which never has any sense of selfishness. Agape, the Greek word for God’s love, is a love that is totally focused on others and demands nothing of the one expressing the love. That will be the mark of love in the eternal kingdom of God. This kind of love never fails, not in this life and not in eternity.
These have been words from the heart.