It is fitting that this final segment of our Love is… series falls two days before Christmas, a day we celebrate one of the most crucial, selfless acts of love — the birth of Jesus. He knew when He chose to come how it would all end, and He did it anyway. He gave up everything He was entitled to in order to provide what we needed.
[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Cor. 13:7-8a (NIV)
I wish I could love like this. I know I want to protect those I love, but sometimes I hurt them. I want to always trust, but people will fail me and betray that trust, which makes it harder to trust in the future. I want to always hope in the best, but we live in a fallen world and my hopes are often dashed. Many times. I want to always persevere, but sometimes I feel like giving up — and sometimes do. :(
My failings get in the way of loving perfectly. Unlike God, because
God always protects.
God always trusts.
God always hopes.
God always perseveres.
God never fails.
God is on the job. ALWAYS. He never quits. “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (John 5:17 NIV, emphasis mine)
When we wonder where He is, He is there, working. We don’t always see what He’s doing, how it will work out, or even IF it will work out, but He’s working on our behalf. His end goal is for our best. In order to get there, we have to walk through valleys, climb mountains, ford rivers, stumble over pebbles, and, sadly, we sometimes have to fall. But He is ALWAYS there, ready to be whatever we need — light in the valley, support on the way up, steadiness in the rushing waters, faithful when we stumble, and a comforter when we fall. He helps us to our feet and guides us to where we need to go. He never leaves us or forsakes us.
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May your hearts and homes be filled with love and peace this season.
Links to the other Love is… posts:
- Part 1 – Love is patient
- Part 2 – Love keeps no record of wrongs
- Part 3 – Love is kind
- Part 4 – Love is not rude
- Part 5 – Love is not irritable
- Part 6 – Love is not jealous
- Part 7 – Love is not boastful or proud
- Part 8 – Love is not self-seeking
- Part 9 – Love rejoices with the truth