1 Corinthians 13:6-7 NIV
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God is love. That is one of the most fulfilling and refreshing things you will ever hear. This week we have been unpacking love and truth be told what most people call love is a counterfeit because God is not in it.
If God is love then love is pure holy and un defiled. It is sacred just like God is no wonder then it does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Remember Jesus said He is the way the truth and the life and He also said He and God are one.
A love that rejoices in evil is a counterfeit love that is self-seeking, a lie from the enemy. True and pure love that comes from God will always rejoice in the truth.
Love protects meaning it Shields and keeps safe from harm or injury. How many times do we see violence and betrayal all in the name of love? That is a fake love that many have embraced. Notice Love always protects even when the situation is not favourable to it. In seeking to protect us from the enemy Jesus stood in harm’s way and died for us. Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friend.
Love always trusts, when I meditate on that I cannot help but think of Romans 8:28, all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purposes. That is trust, to know that God has my good at heart no matter what the situation may be. To stand in faith and know that He loves me and nothing can separate me from His love just like Job in the midst of his calamities. True love puts its hope in God and not the circumstances or the situations that are around it. Though Jesus was in a situation that as leading Him to the cross to die, He put His trust in God, that He was able to raise Him from the dead.
Love perseveres, now that a hard one because many of us have a very short limit of perseverance. This basically means continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success. That’s hard for many of us especially because we live in such a micro wave generation where we expect everything in an instant. Love hold on even when the road get tough. Love never fails meaning that it has a success rate of 100%, now that’s something to marvel about.
Love is for the long haul, always protecting, always trusting, always hoping, always persevering.
Love never ever fails!