Posted by: New in Every Way | April 9, 2012

A Forever Kind of Love

I suspect that all of us have experienced our parents’ love and delight—or have a deep-seated feeling that we should have. That’s because we were created by a God who loves us with “an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3) and designed human families for love. Why do I believe that? I’m thinking—for one thing—of how children are conceived. It happens because of “lovemaking.” That says to me that God planned for us to be surrounded by love from the first moment of our physical existence.

It is a mirror of the parental love God has for us. Sadly, a good part of Father God’s story shows him grieving over delinquent children.  But God does not specialize in sadness—after he corrects and warns, he returns to declaring love and hope.

Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the LORD (Jeremiah 31:20). 

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

God loves us so much that—two thousand years ago—he sent his son, Jesus, from the perfect environment of heaven to “slum” it with us for thirty-three years. He said he had come “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He took the rap for our sins by dying on a Roman cross—as the Christian world remembered last week on Good Friday.

He did what it took to keep the door open for his kids.

1 Pet. 3:18 says it best: 

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (NLT).

God has never stopped loving us. He never will.

Make It Personal

  • What difference does it make to you to know that such overwhelming love is directed toward you?
  • Considering how hard life has been on God, is there any heartache or problem of yours he can’t identify with?
  • Is there any heartache or mess God would be unwilling to walk through with you—and help you fix it?
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