‘Love… always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)
Sometimes I will go and visit certain coastal cliff paths only to find that erosion has meant that they are very different from my last visit. Routes which I’ve enjoyed are now fallen into the sea or too dangerous to use. Sometimes, near these routes, you can see houses fallen or close to falling into the sea. Our love can be like this. We can lose love for people. Once close friends can become distant through conflict or neglect of the relationship. God’s love, it’s good to know, never fails.
‘Fails’ (piptó) Could be translated as ‘falls’ ‘fall down’ or ‘ends’. We see this idea expressed in Jesus’ teaching regarding the houses built on the sand or rock:
‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall (the same word used here), because it had its foundation on the rock.’ (Matthew 7:24-25)