TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
LOVE NEVER FAILS
2nd February 2020
Dr Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE:1 Corinthians 13:8a (NKJV)
“Love never fails.”
“Love never fails.”
Such a bold, absolute statement!
When I read this scripture from our text today, the first question I ask is- Is it humanly possible to never fail?
If it’s not, why then does the Bible require us to love if we do not have the natural capacity to?
Think about it. How can something be unfailing? How can love’s character be unfailing? To never fail means to never fail on a promise. It means to never miss an appointment, to never fail to fulfill an obligation, to never fall short of an expectation irrespective of the circumstance.
Doesn’t it feel extremely great and satisfying to be loved this way?
It’s obvious that whoever can do this must be a perfect person in every sense of the word and so it would be absolutely satisfying to know that someone so perfect loves you.
And in fact, receiving this kind of love brings a heightened sense of rest, security and assurance. You just know that you will never be disappointed and your desires and expectations will always be met.
You might have figured out by now that it’s only God that can never fail and our being human already disqualifies us.
The Bible says in 1John 4:7 that God is love. And this love of God is embodied in the life and person of Jesus Christ.
Christ did not fail, and will never fail. He fulfilled his mission on the cross, rose again and now lives forever to ensure His promise of eternal redemption is fulfilled.
If this unfailing character of love is only expressed by God and embodied in the person of Jesus, then we are not expected to love in our own strength, because we truly cannot.
Jesus says “Love one another as I have loved you”. Paul actually admonished husbands in Ephesians 5:25 to love their wives as Christ loved the Church.
In other words, the only way we can truly love is if we first open our hearts to receive the never-ending, never-failing love of Christ. Only then can others experience the unfailing character of love through us.
How can I receive the love of Christ today?
-I am born of God. Therefore, I’m a love being.
-I am loved by God.
-God’s love cannot and will not fail. Therefore, I cannot fail.
-I receive the love of God today.
-I win in life by the superimposed knowledge of God’s unfailing love.
-Because God’s love for me can never fail or disappoint me, I am confident in my expectation of good.
-I am empowered to love just as Christ does.
-This is my reality.
HEARING BY THE WORD
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