These words have begun filling popular modern worship songs in the last few years and they seem to be popping up everywhere around me lately.
New Jersey Sunrise
Most people recognize them from weddings mostly, and because half of marriages end, a lot of people try to only equate these words to God Himself.  "God's love never fails."
Reading through 1 Corinthians 13 brought a new perspective recently.  The way this list is formed on greeting cards I always thought "love never fails" was one of the checklist of what love IS or DOES. It's not. It's a checklist item.
It doesn't actually belong in that list at all... which is why it's in the next paragraph.  Paul wasn't trying to get us to acheive the perfect love by our striving. Love never fails always felt a lot like, "You better never fail, or else you don't love."
What Paul was saying is that LOVE NEVER FAILS.  "This is what love is. Oh and by the way, this never fails. It works everytime. When you feel like love is failing, do this. It works everytime. This is what God does to draw us back and show us that he loves us and that he will never fail."
When it seems like love is failing, be patient.
When it seems like love is failing, be kind.
When it seems like love is failing, don't be envious.
When it seems like love is failing, don't boast or be proud.
When it seems like love is failing, don't be rude.
When it seems like love is failing, don't just look out for yourself.
When it seems like love is failing, don't get angry.
When it seems like love is failing, forget the wrong.
When it seems like love is failing, don't be happy when they're hurting, be happy with the truth.
When it seems like love is failing, protect, trust, hope and most of all persevere.
If you do. Love won't fail. Love never fails.


I'm praying a lot for the people of New Jersey. I'm not sure God could have brought us anywhere else in the US that would have felt more like the mission field. The people are oblivious to God's intimate love, they need God's love and He is persevering for them.


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