“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
The Greek word for love here is “agapē.” Agape love is sacrificial, unchanging, giving, long-suffering, and kind. When we love someone with agape love, it is not based on emotion but involves sacrifice for the sake of another. It is an intentional choice to love.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Love may never fail, but I do. Sometimes I am impatient, unkind, envious, boastful, proud, dishonoring, self-seeking, easily angered, and keep very accurate accounts of the wrongs done to me. So what’s a woman who loves Jesus and desires to love others, especially her husband, with this kind of sacrificial agape love to do?
The Greek word for fail here is “ekpiptō” which means to fall from a place from which one cannot keep. When I try to sacrificially out of my own ability, I will fall because I’m not able to sacrificially love in my own strength, but I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
And when I fall, I will reach for God to pull me up again “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” (Proverbs 24:16a) knowing He will give me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2).
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for loving me perfectly and completely. I love You and desire to love others, especially my husband, out of the love You have so lavishly given me. Enable me to walk in Your love, to be kind, and extend the grace I am in such desperate need of, and to remember You are my Source and my Strength.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen
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Rest in His presence.