Love Incorruptible in an All-Too-Corruptible World

In the last two verses of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes:

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible. (Eph 6:23-24)

If something is corruptible, it’s perishable. Corruptible things are temporary things. Those flowers you planted in April? Corruptible. Those pumpkins you put on your front porch in October? Corruptible. The milk in your refrigerator right now? Corruptible.

It’s an interesting challenge to mentally note throughout the day just how much around you is corruptible. So much of what grabs our attention and consumes our energy is just … temporary. Houses. Cars. Electronic gadgets. Careers. Social media. Degrees. Hobbies. Sports. Clothes. Even our own bodies are “perishable” (1 Cor 15:42).

But do you know what is within your grasp today that is truly incorruptible? Love for God. “Love with faith” never passes away. It is imperishable, infinite, and eternal. Love for God now is not wasted effort. Love for God now shapes where you will spend eternity.

So here’s an aim worthy of this new God-given day: think of the temporary things around you as truly temporary and prioritize love incorruptible for God above everything else. That’s life, the way our heavenly Father intended it to be.