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February 6, 2009

Love Endures All Things & Never Fails

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:39 pm

John MacArthur

 

Paul writes, “Love … endures all things” (1 Corinthians13:7). He employs a Greek military term that describes the holding of a position at all costs.

 

Love holds fast to its object. It withstands every storm and every type of opposition. It refuses to lose faith, falter in its perseverance, or stop hoping. Thus it never stops loving.

 

Love bears what may seem unbearable. After that, it believes the seemingly unbelievable. After that, it hopes against hope. And even after that, it endures.  There is no “after” after endurance, because endurance is the climax of love.

 

Indeed, love’s permanence is what makes it the greatest of virtues. At the end of 1 Corinthians 13, Paul writes, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (v. 13). … love will stand as the only eternal virtue, because “Love never fails” (v. 8).

 

That is why love is the very pinnacle and the highest aspiration in the quest for character. For in the perfection of love, we meet the very essence of true Christlikeness.

 

[John MacArthur, The Quest for Character, Nashville: J. Countryman (a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2006, p. 142-3]

 

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1 Comment »

  1. That is Awesome!

    Comment by Digital Publius — February 9, 2009 @ 6:33 pm | Reply


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