Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Jesus provides a powerful example of unfailing love. He didn’t give up on His followers even when they didn’t understand or didn’t follow well.
From there they went out and began to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know about it. For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him. (Mark 9:30-32)
Jesus had told His followers what would happen to Him, but they didn’t seem to comprehend it. Much of His teaching was beyond their grasp. Jesus’ teaching wasn’t always simple, which could prompt some followers to give up and turn away. But Jesus kept teaching. He never gave up, because He is dependable. He never fails us.
Even when you don’t understand or follow well, Jesus doesn’t give up on you. Jesus patiently endures your growth process. Jesus gets frustrated with spiritual dullness and lack of faith, but He doesn’t give up on people, because He loves people. God’s love is unending and unconditional. We don’t give up on the people we love. Jesus gives up on no one.
Jesus shows His unfailing love even when He’s suffering an excruciating death on the cross: Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Even as people betrayed and murdered Him, Jesus didn’t give up on the people He came to save. He recognized lack of and limited understanding. Jesus knows how spiritually inept we are, yet He is patient. Jesus’ love is unfailing. Be honest with yourself. Then trust Jesus to meet you where you are and provide everything you need.
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold [a]into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:14-25)
Dear God, I am committed to Your unfailing love. I have experienced it, and I want to abide in it. I want to live it out with others. Thank You for Your perfect example of unfailing love in Jesus. His life gives me encouragement. I will continue to seek Your presence and strive to honor You in everything I do. It’s not easy to express unfailing love, and I especially can’t come close in my own strength. But I can in Your strength and provision. I will fully rely on and trust You.