May 09, 2015

Love Always

Psalm 145:8-13

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

—  1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Real love never quits. God’s love is timeless and constant. It is “always” there, without fail. Psalm 103:17 says, “From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” “Everlasting” and “always” are wide open words that expand our limited view of God’s love.

God’s love is not fickle or wavering, because it does not depend on anything other than God’s own decision to love. If God’s love were merely a response to our love or a reward for our good behavior, it would fluctuate wildly and at times disappear entirely. Fortunately, though, God’s love is deeply rooted in his own faithfulness and character, not in our limited commitment or our temperamental love.

Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love. He died for us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). When we were at our worst, he offered us his best.

Though I love my kids even on their naughtiest days, God loves us even more constantly and without condition. God’s love does not waver. It is a constant presence in our lives. God’s love originates and flows from his own character. The greatest blessing and perhaps the only constant in the universe is the mighty force of God’s love.

Do you know this love?

Father, thank you for your unfailing love. May your love define us as your children, and may we return it to you and offer it to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

About the author — Rob Jansons

Rob Jansons is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Monroe, Washington, where he has served for almost twenty years. He and his wife, Sue, have been married since 1989 and have three daughters. Rob spends time each year in Calcutta, India, working with a Christian ministry to children living in slums. He enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest, camping with his family, reading, writing, and being a pastor.

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