Thursday, November 13, 2014

Love That Never Fails



Your Love Never Fails was a theme song for our family last summer.

Your love never fails.
It never gives up.
Never runs out on me.

I started thinking about this song in light of my relationship with David and Daniel. Will God’s love—through me—never run out on them?

How often have I said to them when they have wanted to quit in the midst of a challenge, “Don’t be that quick to give up.” And how often in this past year have I struggled with feelings of giving up on them, when faced with their challenging behaviors.

God’s love never gives up.
Never runs out on me.
Never runs out on them.


Will I allow God to use me as a channel of His love in their lives? Or will my resistance—as a reaction to their resistance—clog up the channel and stop the flow of His unlimited supply?

I recently had an idea of imagining scenes from our lives as cartoon strips with the boys holding up signs above their unpleasant words and behaviors. Signs that say:

Please don’t give up on me.

Please keep on loving me even when I’m acting unlovable.

I don’t know the right thing to do or say right now. Will you love me anyway?

Being part of a family still feels new and sometimes unnatural to me. Will you forgive me when I say things that are rude?

When I act like I don’t care?

When I shut down because I don’t know how to handle my emotions?

When I lie?

When I don’t do what you want me to do?

When you don’t understand why I’m acting the way I am?

When I don’t understand why I’m acting the way I am?

When I’m trying to be funny, but it’s not amusing?

Will you still love me?

Will your love keep spilling out onto me? When I don’t deserve it.

Will your love never fail

Even when I disappoint you?

Even when I’m acting like I don’t want to have a relationship with you?

Can I see these signs above their heads so that their offensive words and actions beneath start to fade?

And I can hear their true heart’s cry.
And I can see them the way God sees them.
And I can react in a different way, to their hurts and brokenness from the past.
To respond with compassion.
With God’s love that never fails.
And never runs out on them.

2 comments:

  1. Love this, Jodie! So thankful our heavenly Father loves us this same way! This blog brings me back to that same passage from 1 Samuel 16:7b "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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  2. You're exactly right! Thanks for sharing how the verse in 1 Samuel applies to this post too.

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