Love’s Positives – Sat – 22-11-05

Several years ago, I took my family to see the Grand Canyon. Water gouged out the canyon, which is a mile deep. How spectacular to stand on the south rim and look into its depths. We looked down at an aircraft flying above the river. On another day, we walked part way down one of the trails. It brought an entirely new understanding of the size of the canyon. The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion.

Some things erode easily. Others are more durable. A flash flood through sand will quickly wash it away. The same flood can crash against granite and leave it unchanged. This picture of erosion is useful to understand love. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 says love “always perseveres. Love never fails.” (NIV)

Romantic feelings can fade. Time, distance or betrayal can erode it like sand. But the unselfish love described in Corinthians endures like granite. This is the love God has for us. It never fails. It will last for eternity. It endures even when we turn our backs on God. No matter how far away we drift from him, he loves us.

Our challenge is to love other people with the same love. A love that stands up under the pressures of our culture. A love the endure the tests of time. This love is the fruit of God’s Spirit. May God’s love flow from our hearts to those around us.

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