“LOVE NEVER FAILS” Love is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.  Love is eternal, (never comes to an end).
 The obstacles are what love is not: Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, rude, does not demand its own way, is not irritable, keeps no record of being wronged or thinks no evil, love does not rejoice in iniquity (about injustice). All of these items listed are the obstacles to receiving, experiencing and expressing love. Until we allow Jesus through the study of His words to heal us from these negative emotions we will not be able to receive God’s love. If we are incapable of receiving God’s love, it is therefore impossible to share the same love with others. To remove the obstacles to love, we first need to identify and understand agape love.
 Love is a thing of the will to act. It is a fruit that the Holy Spirit produces in us, as God’s children. Love is sacrificial. Love is giving up of a valued thing for the sake of something else more important, worthy and urgent. Love is the willing sacrificial giving of oneself for the benefit of another, without thought of return. The bible puts it this way: “No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:35-36. 
 Finally, Love never fails! Let us experience God’s love and share it with the world. GOD IS LOVE!  

Blessings, Pastor Strode