#621 (13/6/22) LOVE ALWAYS PROTECTS
‘Love… always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)
‘We put up with anything (same word as ‘protect’) rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 9:12)
On Sunday, Jem told of an incident when, as they approached the beach, a younger member of his family, overcome with excitement, ran away and toward the sea. Jem - being the hero that he is! - dropped everything and pursued and ‘rescued’ him from potential danger.
As we consider these words on Love, firstly, it’s vital that we remember that this is how God loves us. His love protects, perseveres and never fails. He never gives up on us.
THE LOST SHEEP
The Parable of the Lost Sheep is a perfect illustration of what it means to always protect.
‘Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.’ (Matthew 15:1-7)