What do you do when love fails? Love never fails, right? Isn’t that what the Bible teaches? The Bible says, “Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail…(1 Cor. 13:8 KJV).” So how can love fail if the Bible clearly teaches that love never fails?
The truth is that the love of God, or agape love, never fails. Human love does fail, and I have been witness to that all my life. No matter how desperately I wanted to love, or no matter how hungry I was to be loved by another, I have spent decades of my life wallowing in the muck of failed love.
But did you know the love of God lives inside every believer in Jesus Christ? “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5 KJV).”
So what does all this mean? I am a human with the love of God living inside me. I can still choose to operate in human love, which always comes to an end. Or, I can decide to operate with the love of God by loving through faith in Jesus Christ.
An example? A loved one yells, screams, curses at me, and threatens me. When I act in human love, I run away. I lash out. I rage. I contemplate suicide. I seek vengeance. I hold onto bitterness. I may try to love in my flesh, but my love runs out as quickly as it begins.
God’s love? By loving my loved one through Jesus Christ, I see someone in need. I see an opportunity to share the love of the Lord. I see a chance to minister, to serve, the very person hurting me.
Is it possible? Yes. I have done both. I have raged and run in response to someone hurting me deeply. I have also chosen the way of the Lord. I once covered a loved one in a warm blanket after my loved one threw the fiery darts of the devil at my heart. With a humble heart belonging to the Lord, I walked quietly into the room where my loved one sat and covered my loved one – in love, in forgiveness, and in a blanket.
How could I love someone who hurt me so deeply? My human love failed, completely. But this time, unlike the zillions of times my flesh reacted sinfully toward my loved one’s emotional bruises, this time I called on Jesus Christ.
My heart was open to the Lord, and His heart full of everlasting, merciful, compassionate, unconditional, neverending love – loved through me.
Such is the way of the Lord. His love truly never fails. I can always count on His love, and I can always call on Him to pour His love through me to touch the lives of those around me, strangers and loved ones alike – no matter how they treat me.
There is always victory in the love of the Lord.