Crossroads: Love That Endures

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Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

My Story

We hear stories of senior adults who have been married for 70+ years. For these their love has endured. It seems like in each instance it wasn’t because they always felt like they were in love, but rather because they understood that love is a choice. It’s a choice to want what’s best for the other person, to sacrifice for them, and to remind them of how important they are to you. Love takes work. And love like that endures.

My grandparents have been married for almost fifty years. My granddad chose to love and accept my grandmother and her three children for who she was and who they were. Their marriage hasn’t always been easy, but they kept going. They wanted their love to endure. My grandfather has been in a nursing home for over a year now. There are days when he doesn’t know where he is, or possibly even who he is. But no matter what, my grandmother spends every day there with him. She wants to make sure he knows that he is important and that he is loved. She sacrifices her days by spending them in the nursing home with him so that he always has a familiar face around, even if he doesn’t exactly recognize it. And I am convinced that he keeps fighting and stubbornly living because he loves my grandmother. That kind of love endures.

Your Story

Share a story from your life about a love that has endured.

The Bible Story

Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” This Psalm reminds us that no matter what happens, God is always going to love us. God chose to love us, chose to create us, chose to sacrifice for us, and has chosen to remind us in so many ways how important we are to Him. HIS love endures. In our world, it seems like love doesn’t endure that much anymore. Love now seems more like a fleeting emotion, one where even if you have it, you try to guard against losing it. But when that love does endure, when we work for that love and fight for it, we can get a small picture of how God fights for us. Sometimes we are very unlovable—we do things that are wrong, we get angry, and we refuse to talk to God. And yet God still reminds us of His presence, that He isn’t going to leave us, and that He will always love us. How blessed we are to have that kind of love from our Creator! May God’s love serve as a reminder to us to love others with that kind of love.

Discussion

• Talk to your children about what it means for love to endure. Remind and reassure them that your love for them will always be there, no matter what—even if they get in trouble, do something wrong, etc.—you will always love them because they are your children.

Prayer

Praise God that His love never gives up and endures forever. Ask Him to help you love others that way, particularly your spouse and your family.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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