The Way to Success

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails…..
Love never fails! We have read this scripture at least a billion times over the years (give or take). It is a very popular verse indeed. Today I was thinking about it and really started thinking about the “love never fails” part. Failure is something most of us fear at some time or another in our lives. Failure to accomplish goals, failure to fit in, failure to measure up and the list goes on. In this verse God is telling us there is a failure proof way to live. A way to live that will not lead us down the wrong path. A way to live that is the key to success. To know real success is to know to be moved and motivated by love. That’s the way Jesus lived His life. He made choices motivated by love and because of it everything changed. The religious and wealthy people of his day thought he was nuts with the choices he made, but Jesus knew real success was built on love and love would never fail him, even when it took him to the cross. 
When we are faced with fear of failure in a situation, let’s combat it with a “sure thing” LOVE! In our homes, relationships, jobs, goals, etc… Let’s go at every person and situation with love because we know that no matter what, love will not fail us. It may not always be the easy choice, or our first instinct, but if we decide to choose love we decided on success! We know God’s version of success and the world’s version of success can look very different. We also know that God’s version is eternal while the world’s version will come to an end. If I am going to invest in something, I am going to want to choose something that has long term success, wouldn’t you? Invest in love; it will never ever fail you. Love doesn’t scratch the surface of issues, love hits the root. Love always wins. 
Pastor Ginny