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A Love That Never Fails
By Elaine Creasman

 
 

At the altar, I asked Jesus to heal our marriage and teach me to love Steve. There I saw I’d been so consumed with Steve loving me that I had failed to see how demanding and unloving I had become. I confessed to God that I had chased Steve into the arms of another woman.

Change hasn’t happened overnight, but bit by bit over the 24 years since then, God has been healing my broken heart and drawing Steve and me closer to each other and to Him than we ever imagined possible. Within several years, Steve came back to church and rededicated his life to the Lord.

Jesus has given me the perfect love I craved. The more I seek Him and seek to be like Him, through prayer and embracing His Word, the more real His love is to me. I wish I could find Norma and let her know. Jesus has also given me great love for my parents, who I now realize did the best they could raising eight children.

Sometimes I still turn to Steve wanting him to finish fixing me. God has to remind me that Jesus alone fills the role of Savior. I am learning instead to turn with wonder to the love of a Savior who could die on a cross to save me. Wonder at a love that will never fail me.

The above story was first published in the March/April 1998 issue of MOODY magazine.

©1998 Elaine Creasman

Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version, copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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What about you? Are you looking for a love that will not fail? Have you been let down by your mother, your father, your friends, your lovers, your brothers, your sisters, your spouse, your children, those who claim to be close to God? All of the above?

Jesus wants to love you in a way that will satisfy every longing for love you have. He wants to fill all your empty spaces which you have futilely been trying to fill with human love. He alone can bring warmth to the cold caverns inside your heart.

Maybe you’ve reached the point where you’ve vowed, “I’m through with relationships,” and you are trying to fill the loneliness left behind with cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or casual sex? Or maybe you’re using things you see as harmless to ease the pain of failed relationships such as work, food, or TV. Nothing and no one can fill the void in your heart except Jesus.

Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life to be in charge, so that He can love you with His perfect love? He already showed that love for you when He died on the cross for your sins. His love for you is so great that if you had been the only one, He still would have died for you.

Will you receive Jesus and His love right now? Will you say “yes” to a love that never fails?

If you are ready to say “yes” to Jesus and His love that never fails, say this prayer out loud: Lord Jesus, I receive You into my life right now. I am sorry for all my sins and especially for the sin of trying to find perfect love in people instead of in You. Help me to receive fully the love You have for me. Let me turn my back on everything that would block Your love from flowing into my life and keep me from being all You want me to be. Make me strong, so I can live for You and love others with Your love. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Now that you have said “yes” to Jesus and His love, read the love letters He has written to You in the Bible, His Holy Word. Spend time with others who know God’s love, and tell people who are hungry for love about the love you’ve found. Determine to love those who have let you down with the love of Christ, and watch your relationships improve and even thrive. And don’t forget: His love never fails.
 
"I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free."
Psalm 119:32 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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