“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:7
God’s love for us never fails, never gives up on us and never lets us down. When faced with impossible tasks and situations we can call upon His love and let it lead and guide us through hardships.
Paul in verse 7, highlights again the power that committed love has. Paul knew what it was like to live in hardship. He even knew what it meant to be in situations where there seemed to be no way out. Yet above all else, he knew that Christ’s love for him would help him persevere through any troubling times and lead him to have a heart of compassion on the very people that would persecute him.
Yet the incredible thing is, is that Paul was one of these persecutors. He was the one, in the days of the early church, who went around torturing, imprisoning and harassing ‘Christians’. If this letter was readily available to the early church at the time of their persecution, it is very probable that they would have used it as a source of strength for themselves. What grace and what power of Love that can change a hardened man’s heart to a heart of compassion.
Here we have a redeemed man of God, saved by grace, filled with the love of a conquering King, giving an encouragement to his fellow believers, to endure through all circumstances because of God’s love. Moreover, not just endure, but because of God’s love, to love others with that same love they have received. To never give up on people and to never give up on hope. Why? Because LOVE HAS WON. Because God’s love never fails and it’s from that resource that we can love, we can persevere, we can endure through every circumstance and we can love the unlovable (even through persecution).