Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Love... Always Perseveres
But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard The Word in an honest and good heart, and hold It fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
Luke 8:15 (NASB)
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 (NASB)
In God's unique language of love for us: as Father to child, Husband to wife or Friend to friend... the words 'I love you no more' do not exist.

'For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us' (2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV).

Therefore, through every obstacle, refusal or disappointment, love perseveres.

--Our love for God perseveres, because His love for us never fails.

--Our love for people perseveres, because Jesus nailed every disqualifier to The Cross.

--Our love for God's calling perseveres, because God promises our eventual success.

Consider this: If earth is a school, if we are soldiers, if we're in Boot Camp, if training is hard, if sin surrounds us, if snakes are rampant, if the muck is deep...

Our armor is love. We move forward behind our Leader: the Captain of love. Sooner or later, the landscape changes. Pastures turn green, and our lives bear fruit.*

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Always Perseveres (Part 23)

* Psalm 23:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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