1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
What does it mean that love endures? It might be easy to dismiss this statement outright as it seems so readily apparent that most love doesn’t endure. Another similar statement would be “Love conquers all.” Once again, it seems that love doesn’t triumph over everything. Love isn’t all that we need either.
It would be better to say that God’s love endures and God’s love conquers all. Human love is frail and with plenty of faults. And that is why it fails. Perfect love doesn’t fail. Of course God’s love is the only love that is perfect.
We will never be perfect. We are sinful people at heart and even Christians with the help of the Holy Spirit will mess up. But this doesn’t mean that we stop striving for perfection. We shouldn’t throw our hands up in the air and just give up. And that is the case with love as well.
Even though we aren’t capable of achieving perfect love, it doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to strive for it. We have been given the pattern for love by God. The Bible gives us instructions for perfect love and that perfect love is manifested in human form in Jesus Christ. We need to work to have our love conform to God’s standards and look more and more like the love of Jesus.
Yes, human love is frail and sometimes it will fail. But that isn’t a guarantee. Even though there’s a chance that our frail human love won’t endure, there’s a better chance that with God’s help it will. The closer we come to showing God’s love, the greater our chances of success.
Because God’s love endures, it means that no relationship is beyond mending. The problem with many relationships is that we try to love the way we think it should be done. Instead, God has given us plenty of information as to what love really looks like. Love that is patterned after the Bible is much stronger than love based on what we think it looks like. This is the kind of love that will endure.