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Do you know what love looks like? That’s an interesting question, because most of us probably thought of romantic love. We may have pictured a happy couple, a wedding or a Valentine heart. That’s the way our culture usually thinks about love. But I am talking about the selfless kind of love. Do you know what that looks like? It is described in 1 Corinthians 13:6-7, which says, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV)
So much of that description is delightful. But were you surprised that love always perseveres? When you hear that phrase “always perseveres,” what comes to your mind? I think of parents who have to care for their special needs child for years. I think of my friends Jim and Eileen, who cared for their son, Tim, for most of the 57 years of his life. I’m sure it wasn’t easy. I’m sure they were often tired. I’m sure at times it stretched them financially. But they never quit. That’s what perseverance is. It never quits even when it is difficult to continue.
God’s love for us never quits. Most of us can be pretty hard to love, at least some of the time! But God keeps loving us. May we also persevere in loving those around us, even when it’s not easy to do so!
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