"Love never fails.....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:8a, 13:13
I love people and I love being around them. Today as I was out, I had the opportunity to talk to several people. I was happy to see all of them. Some said hi. Others we engaged in small talk. Others the conversation grew as we shared life situations. One person lost a loved one in their family. Another person shared that they lost a young woman last week tragically. Another shared how they are still actively working on reconciliation with the battles that were before them. Another seeking to find herself after being in an unhealthy relationship. Another weary from the heavy load of life. All were in need of a renewed strength and hope.
As I was listening to each story and hearing how each one desired a breakthrough or a different outcome. How some things could not be changed because the outcome was final. Their faith was being tried. Unanswered prayers, disappointments, fears and delays. The faith seemed to be running on e for empty. I listened intently and began to quietly pray. I too know what they have experienced. I too am familiar with what they were going through. As I stood next to them listening, I knew that the Lord brought me through my fiery trials to be able to relate and to show a greater compassion. But more than that, there was this overwhelming love for each and every one of them that the Lord would restore, redeem, comfort, heal and bless them and that their faith would remain firm. The desire was for them to rise up above their situations and be able to overcome, be comforted and to see God's goodness beyond what they had experienced. I knew instinctively that God was doing a new work. It was a work to bring that greater faith, a greater hope and a greater love.
We are told that love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres." God was doing a new work in their life. He was showing them who he is and that he can be trusted, that he brings hope and allows us to persevere through the circumstances. His perfect love is casting out all fear. "Love Never Fails."