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If you own an Amplified Bible, turn to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 every morning when you first get up and every night before you go to bed. Start confessing, "That's me. The love of God is in me."

You'll change so much that your family will ask, "Is that the same man (or woman)?" You will change so much that your spouse will almost think you're a different person.

"Love...takes no account of the evil done to it...." That has to be the God-kind of love, because Paul says that while we were the enemies of God (Col. 1:21), God didn't take account of the evil done to Him. He loved us and sent Jesus to redeem us. He loved us while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8).

"Love...pays no attention to a suffered wrong...." "But they did me wrong!" people say. Can't you see that if people walked in love—which is what God wants—it would straighten things out in the home and the church? That's God's answer.

The next verses read, "It [love] does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes...." Natural human love says, "I just can't take that any longer!" Love can.

Sometimes I start thinking about a few situations and I'm prone to get impatient. Then I begin to think about God. He's putting up with all of us. Think about His love, His kindness, and His patience!

The next phrase tells us that love is "ever ready to believe the best of every person...." I like this one. Until I read this translation, I didn't know what made me so forgiving, but it was because I listened to the inside of me, and I simply wouldn't let the outside man dominate me.

Some people believe that everybody's out to get them, but love believes the best of every person. It's not God's love that wants to believe the worst about people; natural human love is ready to believe the worst of everyone; the worst about the husband, the worst about the wife, the worst about the children.

But this God-kind of love is ever ready to believe the best of every person: husband, wife, and children, as well as brothers and sisters in the church. I've followed a policy for approximately 60 years of believing the best of everyone. I don't believe anything bad about anyone.

In my traveling ministry, when I held meetings in churches, it's amazing how many bad reports we heard. Finally I had to say to some preachers, "I wish you wouldn't talk that way. I'd rather you'd cuss."

They were talking about fellow pastors, fellow Christians. It was just something they'd heard. They didn't know whether it was true or not.

You can't go by hearsay. Hearsay won't stand up in court. A lot of people won't have slop buckets for ears. They run around to hear anything that's bad on anyone. "Oh, have you heard the latest?" they ask. They're sort of gleeful about it.

" ever ready to believe the best of every person." Children ought to have the right to be brought up in this kind of love atmosphere. Then, when they go out into life's fight, they'll win. But when you see the worst in your children, always telling them, "You'll never amount to anything," they'll live up to what you said—they won't amount to anything.

Children make mistakes. You can't put a grown head on a child, so you ought to see the best in them. Work on that. Love them. They will amount to something.

Verse seven concludes by saying that love's "hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening]."

Verse eight reads, "Love never fails—never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end."

If you walk in love you'll never fail.

Love never fails.

Source: Love Never Fails
by Kenneth Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Hagin
Web site: RHEMA
Rev. Hagin served in Christian ministry for nearly 70 years and was known as the "father of the modern faith movement." His teachings and books are filled with vivid stories that show God's power and truth working in his life and the lives of others.

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