LOVE NEVER FAILS
Have you ever wondered how to break free of your frustration in relationships and your struggle with faith, answered prayer and your walk with God? He is your answer. God is love, and He never fails. And when you walk in His love, you will never fail!
1 CORINTHIANS 13:13
AND NOW ABIDETH FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY THESE THREE; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IN CHARITY.
In First Corinthians 13:13, the King James Version of the Bible translates the word “love” as “charity.” Actually it is to be regretted that the word “Agape”, the Greek word meaning the love of God or the God-kind of love, was translated as “charity”, because it doesn’t really express the full meaning of the Greek word that is used in this verse.
According to the dictionary, the word “charity” means a benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. But the actual Greek word that is used here in 1 Corinthians is Agape, which means “the love of God.” Elsewhere in the New Testament, the word “Agape”is translated “love” instead of “charity.”
For example, in 1 John 4:8, the Bible literally says, “God is Agape.” In other words, God is love. So the word Agapemeans the God-kind of love. What is Agape or the God-kind of love? Before I answer that, let me show you something interesting about the love of God. The Bible says that love is
greater than either faith or hope (1Cor. 13:13). Why is God’s love greater than faith or hope?
First of all, faith won’t work without love. In other words, faith is dependent on love in order for it to work. Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but FAITH WHICH WORKETH BY LOVE.”
You can readily see that love would have to be greater if faith won’t work without it. It takes love to make faith work.
Second, faith won’t work without hope. The New English Bible Translation of Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith gives substance to our hopes.” You have to hope for something before your faith can give substance to it. So faith is also dependent on hope.
Now Faith is the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things not seen.
You see if you don’t hope for anything, your faith can’t work because it has no goal or objective for which to believe God. Therefore, faith can’t work without hope, and faith is dependent on love in order to work. That’s why the bible says that love is greater than either hope or faith.
I will stop here for today, but will continue on this important point next week.
Word for Today: "Favor Of God"
To have the Lord's favor means that the Lord is in one accord with an individual and has shown gracious kindness towards them. One way to obtain favor from the Lord is to seek wisdom. Proverbs 8:35 says, “For those who find me [wisdom] find life and receive favor from the LORD.” Finding favor with the Lord keeps our lives and thoughts pure because we desire to please Him more than we desire to please ourselves.