Love is faithful.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:7
It does not give up because it’s simply become too hard. It doesn’t lack faith merely because something seems impossible. It doesn’t do away with hope because the situation appears to be hopeless. It does not walk away, throwing up its hands because the pain has become too much for it. The pain does not matter. The appearance of hopelessness does not matter. The inability to see some sign of light coming soon does not matter, in the same sense all these things don’t matter: the reality of the stark circumstances cannot surmount the reality of love’s faithfulness to a person.
When we look at the Gospel, we see that God has called some to Himself to be saved (Romans 9), and He loves those that become His children. We see the wretchedness of our own hearts and lives and very beings apart from Christ. And, even when we are with Christ, God’s child forever, we stumble and fall. We wander. Yet, again and again the Father disciplines us because He loves us (Hebrews 12:6), and stays faithful to us, regardless of how faithful we are (2 Timothy 2:13).
We see how faithful the love of God is. We sin again and again, we dishonor Christ again and again. We put before God other things time and time again. Ought we do such things? No, of course not. Do many of us? Yes indeed. But this just proves the point, that love is faithful. This just allows God’s grace to be demonstrated more and more. Not that we are to sin because of this fact, Paul deals with that very thing (Romans 6:1-2). But God’s faithfulness is proven.
It’s shown for us in pictures, in illustrations, as was discussed in the last post. Just look to the book of Hosea. God paints a picture for us of His steadfast, faithful love. Hosea is told to marry a prostitute, and she goes and prostitutes herself to other men. Hosea is told to go and buy her back, that she might be with him once more. What kind of husband would be faithful like that? What kind of lover would love like that? God would. The Father would. Christ would.
And so we ought to love in a similar fashion. We can be so faithful by God’s power. When someone has wronged us the 724th time in the same way, we can still forgive. We can still pray for them. We can still love them. What has God done with Israel? What has Christ done with the Church? Jesus does not cast us aside entirely and leave us because we have sinned. And when we have sinned again, and again, and again, and again, He still does not leave us and label us as “A Lost Cause.” Our God is not like us (Isaiah 55:8, Numbers 23:19, Luke 18:19). Our God is good, holy, just, and forgiving. He loves His children. He is faithful to His children.
May we imitate that love.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.2 Corinthians 5:14
We love because he first loved us.1 John 4:19
Jesus Christ loved us enough to go to the cross. Yet He was betrayed. He was abandoned. He was mocked, beaten, tortured, killed. His closest friends didn’t stay faithful to Him to the end even. The Father Himself had to turn His face away and pour out His wrath on His Son, on Jesus. Christ became utterly, desperately alone for us. Becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), God’s wrath was poured out on Him. He was punished for us. That is love. That right there is love.
It wasn’t for perfect people. It wasn’t for constantly faithful people who loved God and lived amazing lives because they’re so good. It was for sinners (Romans 5:8), it was for criminals, it was for those that had doubts and fears and were not always faithful. It was not earned by us. It was earned for us, despite us.
Praise God for His loving goodness. Praise God that love is faithful. Praise God that God is love (1 John 4:16).
Blessings to you my brothers and sisters. All glory to God forever and ever, amen.
All direct verse quotations are taken from the ESV
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