March 13, 2014

“Love Endures all Things”

Philippians 3:1-14

Enduring gives us the distinct idea of steadfastness, faithfulness, or perseverance. Love clings tenaciously to whatever is holy, righteous, or good. It forcefully pursues whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, or excellent. It relentlessly strives after all these things to learn, receive, hear, see, and practice them.

Bible history is filled with people who began their races with great success, but failed to endure righteously through to the end because they disregarded God’s rules. They did not lose their salvation, but they did lose their rewards. It happened to Lot (Genesis 19), Samson (Judges 16), and Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). And, it can happen to us! We must strive every day to finish strong and refuse to fizzle out in our daily walk with God. Just as “there is no crying in baseball,” there is no retiring from the Christian life – we all must serve, worship, tithe, and be an encouragement to others right to the very end of our life here on earth.