THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – LOVE (15)

Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

One of Matt Redman’s songs has really gripped me over the past few months. It speaks of a particular facet of God’s love,

“Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me”

God’s love never changes even though we go through both good times and tough times. He will never let go of us! Paul put it like this, “… love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” [1 Cor. 13:7]. In the Mirror Bible, Greek Scholar Francis du Toit translates this verse as, “Love is a fortress where everyone feels protected rather than exposed. Loves persuasion is persistent! Love believes. Love never loses hope and always remains constant in contradiction.” Solomon sums it up like this, “Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it” [Song of Songs 8:7]. God’s love, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, should also have the same attitude towards others.

Many people have heard the story of my very tough childhood. Years after my stepfather died, my Mum confessed to me that many times she had wanted to pick me up and run away with me, but she didn’t because my stepfather could give her security and I couldn’t. I prayed for my Mum’s conversion for many years. One day God gave me the assurance that He had heard my prayer and that she would be saved. From that day on I rarely prayed for her, but instead thanked God for what He was going to do in her life. I am so grateful that I didn’t give up on Mum. God did something wonderful in the latter years of our relationship and my memories of her will always be precious.

Have you like me, experienced people that have not treated you kindly and made life difficult? One such person always seemed to look down on me. I wasn’t Pentecostal enough for Him. He accused me of being too cerebral and not dependent enough on God. He told me I would never make a missionary! Everything about me was wrong in his eyes, and I decided to give up on him, but someone challenged me to love him. It was not easy, but today we have a cordial relationship and are able to fellowship together. Love never let’s go and never gives up!

Questions:

Is there someone that you have almost given up on but God is challenging you today to pray for them and win them by showing love in practical ways?

How do you feel when you realise that God loves you so much that He will never let you go, but still gives you freedom of choice?