SHILOH MESSENGER - February 2024
















IT NEVER FAILS

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases…” - Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

 

As we delve into the theme of “LOVE” during the month of February, it's essential to explore the transformative power of love, both human and divine. Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) provides a biblical anchor, proclaiming, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." A reminder that God's love never ends.

In this month, a time traditionally associated with expressions of love, the phrase "It Never Fails" takes on a special resonance. Often used in everyday language to convey inevitability or reliability, this phrase can carry negative connotations, emphasizing patterns of disappointment or failure. From a Christian perspective, this usage may reflect a temporary lapse in faith regarding God's promises and provisions.

Sometimes, we Christian’s use "It Never Fails" in a negative way. We must be mindful, especially in times of frustration and aggravation, not to impulsively use God’s Word, taking it out of context and therefore being destructive instead of life-giving.

 

Transitioning into a more positive understanding of "It Never Fails" involves recognizing the reliability of God's promises, an idea inherently linked to the theme of love. Psalm 145:13b (ESV) asserts, "The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works." A Christ follower should purpose always to intentionally use "It Never Fails" to affirm God's unfailing promises and the constancy of His character.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV) further solidifies this perspective, declaring, "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." This verse emphasizes the unchanging constancy of God, providing a solid foundation for believers to stand on, even when circumstances seem uncertain—a valuable lesson intertwined with the theme of enduring love.

As we explore the transformative power of love, it is crucial to acknowledge that shifting the phrase from a negative to a positive context requires a renewed mindset rooted in biblical truths. Philippians 4:8 (ESV) encourages believers to focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy a fitting guide as we contemplate love's positive declarations.

When Christians declare "It Never Fails", it should be done with a confident assurance in God's steadfastness. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) offers guidance, stating, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." This verse emphasizes the importance of trusting in God's wisdom and guidance, fostering a positive declaration of “It Never Fails” within the context of love.

In conclusion, we as His image bearers, becoming more like Him, let us anchor the phrase "It Never Fails" into a declaration of trust in God's unwavering love. As we celebrate love, let us heed the truth of 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NKJV): "Love never fails." Stepping into 2024, let us purposefully choose to love larger and deeper, allowing this love to transform lives, starting with our own, thus living out love increasingly becomes a daily reality. “1 John 4:7-11 (NLT) - “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.”

 

 

 


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