The Permanence of Love

Studies in First Corinthians – XXII

1 Corinthians 13:8 – “Love never fails.”

Love is so often reduced to a feeling and emotion, but it is so much more. Feelings fade. Emotions end. Love lasts. Love is permanent. Love stretches from one end of eternity to the other. This truth is not only the heart of the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, it is the whole message of God to the church at Corinth who had forgotten how to love.

Love God. Love People.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, not for our benefit only, but that we would be a demonstration of the never failing love of God in this world. The Apostle John wrote, “Every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him” (1 John 5:1). Every child of God should be characterized by a love that never fails.

The greek work translated “fails” in this chapter has several different meanings. Let me give you a few so that you can see the power of the love that God puts into our lives.

1. Love never “falls to the ground,” like the petals of a flower or the leaves of a tree in seasons of death and decay. Love never does that because there is no decay in love.
2. Love never “loses its strength,” like a storm that has exhausted its powers. Love is completely inexhaustible.
3. Love never “leaves its place,” because love is immovable. Even the stars sometime fall, but love stays put.
4. Love never “drops out of line,” like an undisciplined soldier. It always stays its course.

This kind of love, true love, originates in heaven and its perfect expression is in Jesus Christ, who “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end” (John 13:1). This is the love of God from which nothing can separate the Christian, and this is the quality of life by which you and I are to be distinguished from everyone around us. May we always be realizing more fully than ever the breadth, the length, the depth, and the height of the love of God with passes all knowledge!

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