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The Power of Love’s Victory (Finishing What You Started)

Have you ever met a person who always starts something but never finishes it?

They start a relationship, a few months later they’ve moved on to someone else. Start a job or career the a few months later they are working a new job. Joined a church, started a ministry, and you look around and they are gone.

Why? Because they didn’t let the love they had to start the relationship, career, church, or ministry finish its work. When you start a new thing you begin with an imperfect love. In order to finish you have to let God’s love perfect you to finish. Paul points out three reasons in 1 Corinthians 13 why we don’t experience victory in our lives and situations.

3 Reasons Why We Don’t Experience Victory

1.) We overreact without having all the knowledge and information. When we do not have all of the information we may end a relationship, marriage or career when God has called us to stay there until love makes it perfect work.

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 1 Corinthians 13:9 (NLT)

2.) We don’t grow up and put away childish behavior. You’ve grown physically, but you are still  acting immature, underdeveloped, and childish.

11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)

3.) Finally, there are the imperfections of not knowing the future or how things will work out. Life is a puzzle and we can’t figure out how thing are going to work out.

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)

Once we allow God’s perfect love to finish in us these 3 things will happen

1.) God’s love perfect us:

God has a plan for our lives, and he will perfect and finish what he started. Click To Tweet

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. 

Psalm 138:8 (KJV)

2.) God’s love matures us:

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

3.) God’s love shows us:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face-to-face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

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Live Virtuously,

Pastor Wil Nichols