Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 13:8-11, “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
Some early Christians put too much stock in prophecies and speaking in tongues. They became proud of these special spiritual gifts. So, the apostle Paul needed to remind them that these gifts, while given by God, were not the most important gift from God. Rather than boast about these gifts and look down on others, they were to look on others with love because Jesus loved them.
God’s love for you as his child is permanent. It is built to go beyond even death. Because Jesus rose from the dead, his love goes on forever, nothing can stop it. It is complete. It never fails. When there is nothing else to hold on to, the love of Jesus is solid, secure, and stable.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your remarkable and steadfast love. Help me to remember that I am to show your love through my love. Forgive me when I don’t love others as I should. In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.