"It (love) always perseveres." I Corinthians 13:7
Perhaps you have visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier you will see the changing of the guard ceremony every half hour during the warmer months and every hour the rest of the time.
The Tomb has been guarded continually 24 hours a day and seven days per week for fifty-two weeks a year since 1937. In other words, the Tomb has never gone unguarded for the past 78 years.
Through searing heat, frigid cold, driving rain storms and even hurricanes the Tomb has been guarded.
That is perseverance!
What has driven the guards to be so diligent for nearly eight decades?
Duty, honor and brotherhood are three good reasons.
This is interesting and inspiring information but why am I sharing it in conjunction with this Scripture verse? I am sharing it because it is illustrates the meaning of "love perseveres".
The Greek word translated "persevere" or "endure" was a military term for standing guard, holding their ground without retreat. A soldier, out of love for country and his sense of duty and honor, will never yield his position in the heat of battle even defending it to the death.
This is the enduring love God has for you! Jesus persevered through the beating and the cursing and the crucifixion because of His love!
When God's love is active in your life you will have an enduring love. It is a love that is steadfast. It is a love that lasts through all manner of hurts and hardships.
How lasting is your love?