“Failure” is a word that evokes strong emotion. Most of us know what it is like to fail. I remember training very hard for a weightlifting competition in Cincinnati many years ago. In fact, I seriously over-trained. I selected a weight that was too heavy for me on that particular day and missed the lift three times. I was out of the contest. I still remember the awful feeling of having failed. We know what it is like to receive a failing grade or be told that we did not get the job we wanted. Everyone has failed at something and/or felt like a failure. We know what that word means from first-hand experience! Is there anything that will not fail? Is anything guaranteed never to disappoint?
Monday…The English Standard Version of the Bible translates “love never fails” as, “love never ends.” This is a wonderful thing to remember! True love never ends. Beth and I have been married nearly 47 years and we dated for three and one-half years. We have been together for more than 50 years. Our love is rock solid and does not end because it is not based on mere emotion or feeling. God’s love is like that! See Romans 5:8.
Tuesday…The love of God is a marvelous thing indeed. See John 17:24, Ephesians 1:4,5 and Hebrews 13:5. As you read these verses, reflect on the wonderful God we serve.
Wednesday…God’s love is not capricious and it never ends. Jeremiah 31:3 reminds us that God loves us with an “everlasting love.” Focus on that word, “everlasting” as you consider the fact that you are unworthy, but God loves you in spite of that.
Thursday…Can anything separate us from God’s love? Romans 8:38,39 tells us that nothing at all can separate us from the love of God. Remember, the Devil ‘votes’ against you; God ‘votes’ for you and you cast the deciding ‘vote’. If it is your choice to follow God, obey God and love God…be very assured of this: God loves you and nothing can change that!
Friday…Real love is not built on whim, passing fancy or feelings. We all remember when we first thought we were ‘in love.’ “Puppy love” as we used to say is usually built on physical attraction and/or mere feelings. That may suffice as a start, but will hardly carry a couple through the vicissitudes of life. Real love does not end precisely because it is LOVE.