#624 (16/6/22) LOVE ALWAYS PERSEVERES
‘Love… always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)
Love never stops loving. Like Jesus, our love is to be covenantal; It’s, ideally, to be an unbreakable commitment that we make to do good for others, particularly those in the church.
TO PERSEVERE IS TO WAIT
Persevere (hupomenó) means to stay behind, to await, endure. I love this idea of waiting for the last and lagging. Maybe you’ve had the experience of coaxing the last and lagging on a long walk; it can be tiresome! Jesus leaves none of us behind.
TO PERSEVERE IS TO REMAIN
To ‘remain’ is another way to translate this word. Remaining in church fellowship through testing times is to love like Christ. To remain in a marriage; to remain in a friendship; to remain in a neighbourhood; to remain in a church… are all concrete examples of persevering love.
God’s love is covenantal. It’s an unbreakable commitment to be faithful to us. We are His people purchased through the blood of Christ and this is to be reflected in how to ‘wait for’ and ‘remain with’ one another. The word ‘fellowship’ expresses this covenantal devotion.
Let’s finish by meditating on this text which expresses God’s perseverance with us:
‘He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.’ (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)