Unfailing Love is real.
It does exist. This love that we all desperately desire comes from one of the most beautiful places; the heart of God. To quote the hymn by Horatio Spafford, “To write the love of God above would drain the oceans dry”. So, today I am not going to try to describe the extent of God’s love for us, because I think that would be impossible. It is so deep and beyond my understanding. Instead, today I am going to focus on one characteristic of His love and how it calls us to take action.
If we want to talk about unfailing love, we must first start at the cross.
The story of the Cross is one of the most beautiful examples of love that I can think of. It is the story of God relentlessly pursuing relationship with His creation. Over and over again in scripture, He promised to provide a way of salvation for His people. Everything in the Old Testament points to Christ and God’s promise to send redemption. When it came down to sending His only son to be brutally tortured and murdered to redeem the sins of man, He did not fail or back down. When Jesus was arrested in the garden, He knew exactly what was about to happen. He did not run away or cower. No. In love, He endured the beating. He endured the torture and He endured the shame. Jesus endured the crown of thorns. He endured separation from God.
So many people go through their their lives thinking, “God, Where were you when I needed you? Where were you when I was going through that? If you love me, why did this happen?” But I would argue that when we are thinking in this way, God is lovingly responding, “I was dying for you. I was purchasing and paying the price for your sin and your shame so that I could have a relationship with you, and that you might know the power of my resurrection. I was doing this so you would not have to go through your trials alone and without hope.”
When trials come, it is easy to believe that the love of God has failed us.
But it never did. In unfailing love, Jesus carried His own cross on which He was killed. In unfailing love, Jesus conquered that grave and rose in victory. We will never fully understand why God allows some of the things that happen in our lives. I will never understand why I have a mysterious illness that leaves me temporarily paralyzed. But what I do understand is that if love was going to fail me, It would have failed me when the cost was the highest. [bctt tweet=”If love was going to fail me, it would have failed me when the cost was the highest. ” username=”cassidys_heart”]And that cost was the precious blood of Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is the darling of heaven and the Son of God. The one from whom our breath is borrowed. The one who is spotless, sinless, and innocent.
It was His blood that was the ransom for our sin.
Even when we decide to stray from Him and do our own thing, He waits for us with nail-scarred hands stretched open wide for us to come running into His embrace. He patiently and relentlessly pursues us. His love remains. It is unfailing.
If you do not know Him as Savior today or you are not sure, you can know Him and His unfailing love. You can have relationship with Him. Redemption is not something that we earn. Rather, it is a free, eternal gift from God. There is nothing that can separate us from His love!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8: 35, 37-39 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like unfailing love to me.
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As recipients of His grace, we are called to shared this love with others. Throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we are told to share all that God has done with others.
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” Psalm 105:1 (ESV)
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 (ESV)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 (ESV)
These are just a few of the verses in the Bible that command us to love and share this hope with the world.
The love of Christ compels us to love our neighbor and to be His hands and feet to a lost and dying world.
That means loving our muslim neighbor, our homeless neighbor, our dirty neighbor, our mean neighbor, our hungry neighbor, and our refugee neighbor. While God expects us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and to have fellowship with one another, He expects us to love the world as well (this does not mean conform). His love does not see race or religion. It sees souls who are lost and dying and spending an eternity apart from His presence. Love is not always comfortable. It certainly was not comfortable for Christ. However, I am positive that with His strength, we can be love to those who desperately need to meet Jesus and experience His unfailing love.
Is the unfailing love of God hard for you to accept? Is it hard for you to love others? Let’s talk about it. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
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