Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. -Proverbs 20:6,28 MSG
In a world filled with erotic images and mushy Hollywood love Solomon seems to speak loudly about the true nature of love with the words unfailing and faithful. The Apostle Paul understood this when he wrote to the Corinthians saying true love never fails. It begs the question of what unfailing and faithful love looks like. Consider these words spoken by the Moabitess Ruth in response to her mother-in-law Naomi's advice to stay in Moab and take care of herself:
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.Apart from this kind of faith-filled commitment love is fairly narcissistic and is only concerned with being loved. In contrast, Jesus commanded his followers to go past the idea of loving neighbors as themselves telling them to love others as he himself loves them. It reminds me that Jesus told us that he would never leave or forsake us. In truth this kind of love, the love of Christ, is the only kind of love that will never fail.
Lords Jesus, empower us by your Spirit to love like you love.