Love Never Fails


Love never fails.

This phrase has made me squirm for the past few years.  It was written on the inside of our wedding bands.  And yet we divorced twenty years later and my husband has gone on to take the vows of love with someone else.  What we started with we could not see at the end.

Perhaps we did not start out with the kind of love that Paul describes.  It could be that we didn’t understand that fierce, ever burning love as we thought we did.  Maybe, rather than love failing us, we failed love.

Some might say that these things happen.  It was a very bold saying to engrave on our rings.  You can’t expect this much. Most people don’t feel the same after many years.

The Greatest of These is Love

The Greatest of These is Love

A great number of mistakes and sins brought us to where we ended up and I would not want you to think I discount that.  But I have also come to believe that we read this Scripture wrong.  It is not the love between husband and wife that never fails.  The love between any two people may fail.  It is the love of God that never fails.

I Corinthians 13 is a description of the love of God, masterful and perfect, and the love we should try to show others we have received from Jesus.  It is not our personal feelings and preferences.  Certainly we don’t want to always be patient, or kind, or give up our own self interests.  It is not driven by the desires we have on earth.

This love comes from heaven.  Paul even talks about martyrdom meaning nothing without love.  This is a love more than life itself.  No wonder it endures all things.

Now I read that sentence, “The love of God never fails.”  I am not possessor of that kind of love, just a conduit.  If I want that kind of love to live in my relationships of any kind, I can’t look to my own feelings.  I have to look to Him.

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