Love Never Fails
Perhaps the most reassuring attribute of love in verses in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians is “Love never fails.”
There is a finality to that belief.
Imagine a sparkling diamond with a dazzling glow.
The fire of the gem comes from inside.
The purity of the stone and the facets of its cut reflect the light inside it.
The diamond’s external facets show a slightly different sparkle, depending on the facet or angle you are viewing.
All of the facets add to the beauty of the diamond.
So, too, the facets of love.
Love always comes out on top.
Love lasts – forever.
Love gains ground and succeeds when the odds seem overwhelming, and every hint of hope appears lost.
Love always wins.
Love finishes what it started.
Love completes all the shortcomings that have come before, are happening now, and all that will come.
There is a popular question going around the self-improvement genre these days.
The question goes like this, “What would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail?”
The question is intended to prompt the asker, the seeker, the one who knocks to realize that failure is one step closer to success.
And one step closer to success is a lesson learned.
Others promote the mindset, “There is no such thing as failure, only learning.”
Learning comes from epiphanies and realizations born from experience.
Living epiphany is a heart-set supported by the statement, “Humans discover what God uncovers.”
As we traverse the journey of life, we discover God’s love for us.
We discover our own beauty because of God’s love.
We discover the beauty and elegance of others as we recognize the Divine Image in them.
God takes the initiative to uncover the love so that we can see, hear, and experience it.
Love never fails because God is love – and God, the Source of all Being, Doing, and Relating – will never end.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, as St. Paul writes in chapter 8 of the Letter to the Romans.
God creates, holds, and blesses the ground we are made of and that we live on.
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