Scripture Reading — Psalm 145:8-13
[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. — 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Real love never quits. God’s love is timeless and constant. It is “always” there, without fail. Psalm 103:17 says, “From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” “Everlasting” and “always” are wide open words that expand our limited view of God’s love.
God’s love is not fickle or wavering, because it does not depend on anything other than God’s own decision to love. If God’s love were merely a response to our love or a reward for our good behavior, it would fluctuate wildly and at times disappear entirely. Fortunately, though, God’s love is deeply rooted in his own faithfulness and character, not in our limited commitment or our temperamental love.
Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love. He died for us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). When we were at our worst, he offered us his best.
Though I love my kids even on their naughtiest days, God loves us even more constantly and without condition. God’s love does not waver. It is a constant presence in our lives. God’s love originates and flows from his own character. The greatest blessing and perhaps the only constant in the universe is the mighty force of God’s love.
Do you know this love?
Father, thank you for your unfailing love. May your love define us as your children, and may we return it to you and offer it to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.