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** True love never fails
** 1 Corinthians 13:8
** “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”
Many in this world may say they know love, or may say ‘I love you’, but in reality, it is not possible to know true love outside of knowing God; for God is love. And herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the atonement for our sins.
Because we were born into corruption, we were not able to know true love. But God, who is rich in mercy and grace, manifest His love toward us and sent his only Son into the world, that we might be able to live through Him and experience what it is to know true and eternal love.
Now we love Him, only because He first loved us and gave us a way to love Him back; that way being through His Son Jesus Christ alone. And when we act and live in and through the love of God, we are living in God and God in us, through the very spirit and nature of Christ.
Today, while everything around us may be failing, know this one thing, Jesus Christ, the true love of God, will never fail, never! May we each be encouraged to be strong and of good courage. Let us not fear nor be afraid of what man can do to us: for the LORD our God, He it is that goes before and with us; He will never fail us, and He will never forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
So let us each bow our knee to the great ‘I AM’ today; and let us rejoice, giving all praise and thanks to our Father in heaven for His unfailing love which He has freely given to us through His Son.
Additional scriptures for reading:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 4:7-21
7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
This ODAAT daily devotion written by Gareth Hosking
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