Carol Round on God Never Gives Up on Anyone

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have” — 1 Corinthians 13:3-6 (MSG).

Have you ever wanted to give up? Maybe you’re tired, worn out, and frustrated. You want to walk away. I’ve been there. How about you?

I’ve been in physical therapy since late March after I had my second knee replacement. My right knee replacement, almost five years ago, was a breeze. Within a month, I was out walking in my neighborhood. While I’m blessed to have a great physical therapist, my left knee hasn’t cooperated like the right one did. But I’m getting there. However, there have been times I wanted to give up.

As I’ve pondered this trial of pain, and one step forward and two steps back, I’ve been encouraged by scripture and the fact God never gives up on us. That’s because God is love, and love, as 1 Corinthians 13 says, never gives up.

Love Never Gives Up

Love is why parents never give up on their wayward children. Just like the prodigal son in Luke 15, the father never lost hope. He never gave up, hoping and praying, for the return of his youngest son. When the prodigal did return, his father didn’t lecture him. Instead, he welcomed him home with a fatted calf and a celebration.

We celebrate when we overcome trials. When we succeed, instead of giving up, we become more aware of God’s presence, His love, His strength, helping us to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

In Philippians 4:13, Paul reminds us that we “can do all things through Him who strengthens us.” And Paul had many reasons to give up. However, He knew where his strength came from—faith in his Heavenly Father.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round