If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
Excellence does not require perfection. Henry James
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end. 1 Corinthians 13 MSG
What does it mean to never give up in our love for others? What shape has that kind of persistent love taken in your life? Are you still at it…still loving, regardless of the circumstances, and despite the fact that love is not returned to you in kind? If you are, you are following in your Father’s footsteps.
You are doing what God has called all Christians to do, and here’s the best news about that:
You don’t have to love perfectly to love well!
In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth he said that love never gives up.
It never quits.
It never retreats.
It never grows fatigued.
It never slumbers.
It never stops wanting the best for that one God pointed to and commanded: Love Him! Love Her! Love them!
Paul did not say our love would be perfectly given or perfectly received. He simply said that when we’re in relationship with God and Jesus is powering our love, it will not fizzle out or fade away. It might be tough to get love right sometimes, and God knows that, which is why He’s given us loads of opportunities to practice, practice, practice this valuable skill.
Today, if you feel a little deficient in your love ability, why not lean in to God and ask Him for another fill-up of His love? He never turns us away when love is on our minds, so go ahead, ask, receive, and then give. It’s His way…it’s our privilege.
When have you been challenged to love the unlovable? How did that turn out?