1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. Lastly, though there could be much more to say about love, we see the awesome truth of God's love in that love never fails. And it's interesting to me that the rest of the chapter has to do with our not knowing it all yet, of still being in a state of learning and understanding more and more as we grow. And that is the beauty of love. It seems that love looks to the end of things rather than its beginnings, what can be rather than what seems to be now. Love looks to the divine possibilities.
I really enjoy taking old pieces of furniture and finding new design, new function, and new finishes for it. And that's how God looks at us. He actually knows His design for us, sees that deep within us, and calls it forth. And that's why He gives us time. Time provides a place to grow toward what can be. 2 Peter 2:9 tells us, The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Now remember, repentance is turning from the old to the new in Christ. Peter goes on to speak of the Day of the Lord, when everything of the old order will be destroyed that the new may come. And in light of that, he encourages us in verse 18, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Revelation 19 reveals to us the day of the wedding feast of the Lamb and the bride has made herself ready. In this passage, the angel, speaking to John, says, "Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Prophecy speaks of what is to be. In all that Jesus Christ has done for us through His cross and His resurrection and is doing continually in His intercession for us by the Father's right hand, He has made a way for us to come into the place of renewing, the place of God's design, His heart for us always. The love of God never fails. It knows no bounds. And in it are divine possibilities. Receive it. Live in it and give it out, knowing that we all are in need of it.