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What if there is one relationship that would never fail?  (5:03)


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My name is Tracy, and my story really starts in high school. The time when people start trying to find their identity and start filling roles, and for me my role was just the friendly girl who got along with everybody and who everybody liked. So my relationships and my social life became what defined me.

The most significant relationships in my life were the ones with guys. From the time I was 16 on, I was either in a relationship, or there was the potential for one soon. I never had the will or the wisdom to say no to any guy that offered a place in my life. I knew that I needed a fresh start and a new beginning in my life.

It was then that I began realizing that guys couldn't satisfy my needs the way I thought they could. I thought I knew what love was, and I was searching for it in all the wrong places. In every broken relationship that I had, I was giving a piece of my heart away; a piece of my heart, my body, and my integrity. I would get so wrapped up in the guy that I was with, that eventually, I realized I didn't even know myself anymore. I was letting each of these guys define me.

So when I got to college, I still had this void inside of me that I didn't know how to fill. So I heard about this Christian organization called Campus Crusade for Christ. And one of my friends that I met in my classes invited me, and I didn't know what I was getting myself into, but I just went. It was there that I first started hearing about love, about real love.

But I'm not talking about the giddy love, or the butterflies in your stomach when you like a boy. I'm talking about the love of Jesus Christ. At that time I began learning what Christianity was about. And that was really the first time that I heard about a relationship with Christ.

Also at the same time, I met this great guy, and he just was set apart from the rest. He was set apart from every relationship that I had had. And he seemed so much better than anybody that I had been with before. Soon we became best friends, and it was just a healthier relationship altogether, than anything I had been a part of before. And this led me to believe that he was the one; that he was the one for me that I would marry and live happily ever after with.

But eventually, without realizing it, I began putting my comfort, my security, my hope, my joy, my trust in him. He became my everything, and eventually when we broke up I felt like everything that I had held on to, everything that I had was lost, and I literally couldn't pick myself up off the floor. I was so broken.

So at this point I really started searching for the true meaning of love, and finding out what love really is. I learned that love is not an emotion, but a sacrifice. I learned that Jesus Christ had sacrificed himself, died on a cross in my place to cover all of my sins -- past, present and future -- so that we can experience a relationship with him; a relationship that would stand firm and would never fail.

And in First Corinthians 13, I found the answer. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." And in First John 4:16 it says, "God is love."

So I realized that, if God is love, then that meant that God is all of those characteristics listed in First Corinthians. I am now seeking after his love. I know that the one who will never fail, is Jesus Christ. What if there is one relationship that would never fail?

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