Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 30th, 2018
Love... Is Constant
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:26 (NIV)
The surest test of love is adversity. When health fails, when beauty fades, when fortunes fizzle, when futures flop, fake loves flees to greener pastures.

Fickle friends are exposed, and phony love is recognized as a cruel imposter.

Jesus said, 'Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?' (Luke 22:48, NLT).

King David said: 'If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it... But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God' (Psalm 55:12-14, NIV).

On the brighter side, in The Lord of the Rings, author J. R. R. Tolkien (a Christian) illustrates love's beautiful constancy in Sam's friendship with Frodo Baggins.*

Top line: Christ's constant love for us is our example.

Bottom line: Our constant love for others is our example of Him.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Constant (Part 31)

* J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: A Legendary Friendship,

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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