It Endures

Day 244

Prayer for the day

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, and visit me with your saving help; That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 137-139, 1 Corinthians 13

It’s a refrain we hear running through the Psalms like a stream runs through the forest: His love endures forever. The Psalmist used the history of Israel to constantly remind Israel of the love of the Lord God. He loved them from the beginning, from the very creation of his people. He loved them in exile and in the exodus. He loved them through the time of judges and the time of kings. He loved them when they sat in exile by the waters of Babylon, weeping for their sin and longing for their home.

The love of God, the Psalmist regularly states, doesn’t dim, does not die, and will never fade. The love of God, the Psalmist says, endures.

This is the kind of love Paul talks about in the letter to the Corinthians. In a passage reserved almost exclusively for weddings these days, Paul exhorts the Christians in Corinth to exemplify the kind of love they have experienced, the kind of love their forefathers had experienced, in connection with God. Their love, says Paul, is to be of the same kind as that the Lord so graciously lavished on them. This is love that never dies, that never grows weary, love that always pursues, always trusts, always perseveres regardless of the obstacles in its path.

The gifts of God are great, says Paul, but only when they are preceded, activated, and governed by the love of God. Then, and only then, will the gifts be truly used in their proper place, and only then will they have the intended effect.

Let us take care to exercise what we have been given in the love of Christ.

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