Love Is Permanent
Love will never become obsolete.
Some gifts are described here as temporary. But not love.
Our love for Christ and for the saints will increase through the ages of eternity. John Newton wrote:
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun;
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.”
Not only is love permanent while other gifts are temporary, it is superior to faith and hope: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (I Corinthians 13:13).
A day will come when faith will be lost in sight. We will see our Saviour face to face:
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).
Hope that lifts our eyes daily above the struggles of life as we await His return, will be unnecessary when Jesus comes again. In that day all will be perfect. There will be no reason to look for a better day. Hope will be a relic of bygone days. We will be with Him: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and .so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:17).
But love will endure.
Love lasts. Better enjoy it now. It’s going to be in style forever!