Friday, December 2, 2011

He Never Looked Back

Part 13 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:7d (NASB)
(Love) …endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:7d (AMP)
And (love) endures everything [without weakening].

“Yes, Father, I will go.”

And at the proper time, Jesus left a perfect existence to live among us. Thirty-three years later, He died an excruciating death – for us.

You may be thinking that I’ve gotten my holidays mixed up. But please bear with me as I speak about enduring love.

I want to write about a love that displays perfect commitment… but how do I accomplish that?  Preparing for this post, I’ve written, and rewritten. Then I deleted almost all of it, only to repeat the cycle over and over again. This type of love …is simply beyond my skills as an aspiring writer to effectively articulate.

As we focus on the last segment of 1 Corinthians 13:7, we will memorize and attempt to obey a quality of love that endures everything without weakening. Who does that? I don’t come close to it. Do you? I mean, I’ll love pretty well for a while, but it doesn’t take much conflict or disappointment in the relationship for me to weaken in my affections.

Jesus persevered in His love while He lived on this earth, and He continued in that love all the way to the cross. And today, He consistently loves me even when I’m not very loveable

The Message translation says it this way:
(Love) … never looks back, but keeps going to the end.

I want to love that way, too.

What do you think?

      Have you experienced the kind of love that endured everything without weakening?

      How does this view of love set you free from performance based love?

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