Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. I Corinthians 13:8
This post is part of a series for the 28 days of February on why and how we can #LoveGod and #LoveOthers. With so much turmoil and downright hatred going on these days, I want my own heart to be focused on what God’s heart is focused on: love. I hope you’ll join me in the Love Challenge.
From the #LoveOthers perspective, this post talked about the significance of letting love be our filter in everything we do. We then looked at the positive and negative characteristics of love for others.
Today, we’re going to focus on love from God’s perspective. A perspective and understanding which should move us to #LoveGod for who he is and the ultimate purpose and goal of his love for us.
It is my prayer that God would grant us a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in this, that we may know him better.
God is love
The essence of God as we know it from Scripture is love: “…God is love.” (I John 4:8b)
He’s all about love. He loves with an everlasting kind of love. His love never fails. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is always for us.
Love rules. Everything. Love completes – everything.
Nothing will ever replace love. Nothing.
There is nothing that we can do now – as great and wonderful as it may be – that can rise above love.
Certain things are limited in nature: prophecies (will cease), tongues (will be stilled), knowledge (will pass away), but not love.
When completeness comes
In this age, we can grow in our faith and be strengthened in hope, for sure. But the activities involved with maturing us are inadequate for bringing us to complete maturity in Christ’s love.
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” I Corinthina 13:9-10
“Completeness” in Greek can mean “end,” “fulfillment,” or “maturity.” So it seems then by the context of this entire passage, Paul is talking about the promise for the Christian to one day know the Lord (and God’s love) to the fullest extent possible.
And that means our understanding of love will be made complete when we see Christ face to face. On that day nothing else will matter.
Love never fails.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
This is God’s love for us. The love that never fails. And this is why we should #LoveGod and #LoveOthers with the grace our Lord gives, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.