WEEKLY DEVOTION – July 18, 2021
“Love Never Fails”
The definition of love in the New Testament passage of 1 Corinthians 13 is a supreme description and serves as a call to a lifelong quest of rediscovering the riches of love. The depth of love expressed in the letter to the church of Corinth to correct the misuses of the spiritual gifts and the priority of demonstrating love in human relationships in the life of the congregation.
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fails. (vs. 4-7) These words describe the eternal value of love in contrast to the temporality of the spiritual gifts, with these words the Apostle Paul emphasizes what is lasting and more effective.
We may accomplish many things in the work we do for others in the family, the community and in the church for other people, but it is inefficient unless it is founded upon love. This is the same love God has demonstrated toward us in that while we were, yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Dear Lord, your love saves and nurtures me in so many ways. Teach me how to love you and how to love others. Amen
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.