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Love and the Church Day 18

April 28, 2021

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:7it always perseveres

Devotional: What does love do with failure?  It’s easy to just write people off, to walk away when someone fails us.  But love chooses to persevere; love stays. The NASB translation says “love endures all things.”  To endure is to stand your ground, to hold out, to keep on keepin’ on in the face of trouble or affliction.  Love makes a choice to stay. 

There are so many times in relationships where wounds make our differences seem insurmountable. But love stays and makes a way over, around or through the obstacles to see God heal and reconcile.

Hebrews 12:2 encourages us to “run with perseverance the race set before you”. If you’ve ever participated in an endurance race, like a marathon (26.2 miles), you know that there’s a time in the race (usually mile 22 or so) where you hit what’s known as “the wall”.  Essentially common to all runners,  it’s like your body is saying, “I’m done.  I can’t go any further.” 

But this is why they call it an endurance race.  Because when you persevere, when you push through every inclination in your mind and body to quit, and you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you have an incredible breakthrough.  This breakthrough is followed by an extreme rush of adrenaline that screams “YOU CAN DO IT!”  And you do.  Then, an extraordinary, ecstatic moment of pure elation often ensues.

The reward of perseverance.

After that experience, you then know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you can do far more than you ever realized.  There is a unique confidence that comes with this realization.

That same reward comes when you love with perseverance and endurance.  When you refuse to give up on someone, when you push through, against all odds, and see the relationship through, there is an elation that comes from enduring through frustration, dislike, and even hatred. This elation leads to growing a new and deeper love, after having persevered.

The best relationships have a history of persevering through hardship. They are made rich by the grit and grappling of tear-stained endurance.

That’s what love does.

Reflect:

  • Who do you feel like running from right now? What “wall” are you facing that you need to be reminded is not impassable?
  • Be encouraged today to persevere in love – God’s love – with prayer and surrender.

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