A certain farmer had an unusual weathervane on his barn. Inscribed on the arrow were these words: “God is love.” A passerby turned in at the gate and asked the farmer, “What do you mean by that? Do you think God’s love is changeable; that it veers about as that arrow turns in the winds?” “Oh, no,” replied the farmer, “I mean that whichever way the wind blows, God is still love.” (A Treasury of Bible Illustrations Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.)
“Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8, NKJV). Note the adverb, “never,” which is a very interesting word, from oudepote, “an indefinite negated point of time – ‘never, not ever, at no time.’” (Greek-English Lexicon, s. v. ουδεποτε). Prophecies will end. Tongues will cease. Knowledge will pass away. But love never, not ever, and at no time will come to an end. At no time will it be ineffective. It will produce results. It lasts forever. The verb, “fails,” is present tense. This means that love will never end continually. Love will never keep on ending.
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