Love intentionally chooses to hope even when our circumstances seem hopeless – when loss pierces our souls and destruction comes at our bodies, our families, our sense of security. Love intentionally chooses to persevere through our most difficult, confusing, drudgery-filled, frustrating and painful times of life.
Love always hopes, Love always perseveres. – I Corinthians 13:7
How can love always hope? How can love always persevere? Because of Who Love is! Because of Who the source of all true love, hope and perseverance is in our lives! Our God is Love. And our God is the God of hope. And our God is the Almighty LORD for whom nothing is impossible. God will accomplish and achieve His plans and purposes – and these are always birthed and always fulfilled through God’s Love. God’s hope-filled, persevering Love.
There is nothing and no one that God’s love cannot transform. There is no life that God’s love cannot redeem, restore and renew. There is no experience we will ever have that God’s love will not be able to work it out for our good according to His loving and eternal purposes.
Our God is strong enough to walk with us through the darkest, loneliest, most confusing days of our lives. God’s love is mighty enough to carry us when we’re not sure we can take another step. Ever again. God’s love lifts our spirits with His hope and strengthens us to persevere victoriously in ways we never could have imagined.
As we come to more fully grasp the truth of God’s hope-filled, persevering love for ourselves, we will be able to love others better – even those hard-to-love others – with love’s hope and in love’s perseverance. And we will be able to more fully offer God’s hope and perseverance to those precious ones who, like us, so desperately need God’s encouraging and powerful love. Love always hopes, Love always perseveres.