Words of Encouragement: God’s Unfailing Love

Unfailing love is one of the sweetest phrases used to describe the love of God for His children.  Its use is prolific in King David’s writings and shows us much about how David felt about his God.  David was “a man after God’s own heart” but still experienced fears, doubts and ultimately dark sins.  Regardless, David knew without doubt that God’s love for him was unfailing.

First Corinthians 13:8a tells us that love never fails.  The word fail carries a negative connotation: to lose strength, to fade or die away, to stop functioning normally, to fall short, to become absent or inadequate.  If these are what fail means, just think what it means to be unfailing.  As God’s children, we can be sure that His love for us will never lose strength, never fade, die away, stop, fall short or become absent or inadequate.  We can be secure in the fact that God will love us forever.

David was very familiar with the love of God.  When in hiding for fear of his life, he leaned on God’s unfailing love.  In the midst of a fierce battle, in the lust of his flesh for Bathsheba, the murder of her husband and the cover up, God’s love was still unfailing.

If we belong to Jesus, even when we fail, His love will never, ever fail.  We cannot earn this love, but we also cannot lose it.  It’s a gift from God.  That’s the assurance we have when we give our lives to Jesus.  It’s a life-time warranty—God’s covenant that can never be broken.

Paul says it best in Romans 8: 39b, “…indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  You see, it’s a forever thing!

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