1 Corinthians 13:7a Amplified Version 

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…..

Sometimes we can think that God is tired of us. I know I felt that way once when I was a teenager. I was not living like I should but I would still pray hoping I would not die and go to hell. I wanted to serve God but thought I had to be perfect. So in an effort to not be a hypocrite I just did not try to live like a Christian. I still had some godly standards but I mingled with the world. One day when I really wanted to participate in prayer at a youth camp, my pastor encouraged me. I said I did not want to go to the altar because I felt like God was tired of me. I felt that way because I would not give my life totally to God because of fear of failure. So, I did worldly things and acted like the world.  At the same time, I went to church and prayed because I loved God. At the urging of my pastor, I went forward and God welcomed me with open arms. I could never forget it. That was my moment of total surrender. I never backslid again. I understood that I did not have to have a perfect life- just a totally surrendered life, trusting God to help me and forgive me if I failed. I could not be so ungrateful to turn around after running into love like that. 1 Corinthians 13:7 said love bears up under anything and everything that comes. God’s love for me was still strong even after I lived a worldly life for a few years struggling to fit into a world I did not belong to. When I came back home, He did not question me about where I had been or why I had been there. He just welcomed me home. The powerful love He demonstrated to me that day has kept me close to Him ever since. Oh how He loves you and me!

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