Songs & Scripture: “Your Love Never Fails” (Chris Mcclarney, Anthony Skinner)

If you haven’t already figured it out, I make sure to credit the writer of each worship song I feature, not necessarily the artist that made that song famous.

Once again, I am sharing a song that Jesus Culture has carried around the world, but originally it was written by Chris Mcclarney and Anthony Skinner. The story of how that song went out clearly has God’s hand on it, and is encouraging in itself. I recommend you read that here.

I hope you enjoy this post of Your Love Never Fails. I know I really am growing through this Songs & Scripture personal Bible study and hope it blesses you to know what Bible verses are behind the lyrics of worship songs.

Nothing can separate (Romans 8:38-39)
Even if I ran away (Psalm 139:7-10)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

I know I still make mistakes (Romans 7:15-19)
But You have new mercies for me everyday (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You stay the same through the ages (Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
Your love never changes (Malachi 3:6)
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid (Psalm 46:1-3, 1 John 4:18)
Because I know that You love me (Psalm 59:17, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:9-101 John 4:16)  Note: I had to cut these off! There are so many verse about God’s love for us! I hope you take that away!

Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The wind is strong and the water’s deep (Matthew 14:30-31)
But I’m not alone in these open seas (Mark 4:37-41)
Cause Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The chasm is far too wide (Isaiah 59:1-2Luke 16:26)
I never thought I’d reach the other side (John 5:24)
But Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You make, all things, work together for my good. (Romans 8:28)

Finally, I want to share a perhaps more beautiful video than Jesus Culture’s version: a young girl named Shaela Warkentin, in a hospital bed singing Your Love Never Fails after being left blind by a car accident. May her testimony encourage you of the truth in the Scriptures behind this song.

With love,

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “Songs & Scripture: “Your Love Never Fails” (Chris Mcclarney, Anthony Skinner)”

  1. Hey, so, could you please show me where God, Jesus Christ, or even the Holy Spirit are mentioned in this song?
    Or even another name for either One: I.e. Son of Man, Lamb of God, I Am, El-Shaddai…
    Brother or sister that it may concern….
    Looking at the lyrics closely.. this here, is a love song, is it not? And it can easily be viewed as such by the secular, carnal world that doesn’t have the slightest context of God:
    “Nothing can separate
    Even if I ran away
    Your love never fails”
    “The chasm is far too wide”
    ^^ Just sounds like a sappy romance between two separated, mistake-prone lovebirds.
    Just because the artist stamps the name of “Jesus Culture” onto the headline, does not make the song theological accurate or Christ exalting.
    I appreciate what you do, and do not mean to bash or distort your interpretations or work or reputation or anything else.
    Just something to think about; especially for someone who is involved in this type of ministry.

    1. Hi Stan, thanks for the comments. I have had similar reservations with Jesus Culture songs and there are many songs, not just this one, that are definitely vague and represent something I’ve seen called “Christian mysticism.” This one definitely falls into that category. I kept this one up because I do think it has strong ties to “love never fails” in Romans, and many Christians who sing this in church would like to know the references. I believe that providing the references will deepen their worship. It is not intended to be a guide or stamp of approval for a worship leader. As I have explained clearly in my site, I am simply a believer sharing my personal Bible studies based on worship songs, not setting a standard for worship leaders. Absolutely, weigh song selection to a high standard in the church for corporate worship. I’ve thought a lot about this and am working on finding resources for worship leaders, although I myself am not one by any means or formally trained in ministry. As for the secular world, I hope that it would be pretty obvious running away from a girlfriend or boyfriend would end the relationship, but we cannot outrun God’s love. I hope a secular world listening would hear the difference between the unconditional love of our Lord and the conditional, selfish shallow love that is so often promoted in pop songs. I definitely hear and agree with you about your reservations, however when I sing this song to the Lord, I am there at the cross in my mind. Therefore, I have meant this song analysis for Christians and the curious nonbelievers.

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