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Though Everything Else Fails, Love Never Will

1 Corinthians 13:8
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

As part of Paul’s discourse on love, he offers this succinct verse about love’s unfailing nature. Love outlasts “prophecies,” “tongues,” and “knowledge”–quite a few things that we human tend to value. Why would these things vanish, and love stay around?

Because the type of love Paul is speaking of is not romantic love, not passionate love or even companionate love. It is God’s love–unconditional, eternal. In fact, according to 1 John 4:8, God IS love. With that, the meaning of this verse becomes clearer: God and His love are boundless and eternal, but all our human trappings (including prophecy, speech, and knowledge) are limited and not eternal.

For this reason, we can trust in God when we can trust in nothing else–because everything else will eventually fail us. Though it may seem as if God is very far away, or that He doesn’t care about us anymore, He is still here for us, still loving, still capable and willing to help when nothing and no one else can. His love never fails.

The Reset Button for Your Spirit

Psalm 42:11
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Out of a section of psalms about being delivered from strife and oppression comes this verse, the refrain of Psalm 42 and 43. Though the speaker of this psalm is beset by enemies, he also knows where his hope should be placed–in God, the only One who has any power to save and protect. This refrain reminds him to keep his faith in God even when his very soul is disturbed and afraid.

As modern Christians, it’s tempting to think that once you’re saved, you should never have any doubts or problems again, that somehow Christians aren’t supposed to have times that try their faith. But the reality is that every Christian will face trials in their daily lives, and some of those trials are frightening, uncertain, and even dangerous. Fright, uncertainty, and danger do not exactly bolster our faith, especially not in a world that tells us we ought to be emotionally self-sufficient anyway and not “bother anyone” by talking about our troubles.

This verse, this refrain, shows us that even the most Godly of people (like the writers of this psalm) needed an occasional reminder–a reset button, if you will–that God was with them, that God had it all under control. To admit that you need God to still your worries and revive your faith does not mean you’ve lost your salvation; in fact, in that most humbling of moments, you are closer to God than ever, willing to trust Him completely. When we try to struggle on without God, we will inevitably falter, but when we “put our hope in God” in the scariest moments, we reset our faith and regain the serenity we need.