“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)
His love is everlasting. It doesn’t change, ever. How He feels about me is the same today as it was yesterday and won’t change tomorrow. Because of the everlastingness of His love, he draws me into Himself with His lovingkindness. He loves me enough to give me the greatest thing in the entire universe – Himself.
The timing of this verse in Scripture makes its impact all the more amazing. The book of Jeremiah was written during very tumultuous times. Israelites were being taken captive to Babylon, the temple was destroyed, and the people of God were looking for help in all the wrong places.
Yet, God still loved them. He was still drawing them into Himself, even though “the more they were called, the more they went away.” (Hosea 11:2)
God sent this love letter to them in the midst of their sin and trials. How great is His love!
IT’s True for Us Too
My struggle is to believe this and not just know it. My instinct during trials is to think I’ve brought this on myself, God is angry, and His love towards is dimmed. I don’t deserve to be better and I should suffer the consequences because that is what I deserve. Basically, I totally forget the cross, God’s unwavering love towards me, and His beautiful grace.
For clarity’s sake, I could be bringing on trials myself. I have to prayerfully examine my life, asking God if there is any unrepentant sin and seek out forgiveness. But, He has made a way for me to be forgiven. I don’t have to live with the consequences of sin if I humble myself and repent (meaning to turn from sin and to Him). Without the cross, without the sacrifice that Jesus made, I would have to live with the consequences, but He took it all.
And if He’s angry with me I know that “his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) It’s good to remember, too, that God’s anger is not like our anger. He’s never irrational or out of line. He’s angered by things that hurt His children and bring death and destruction. So, if He is ever angry with me it’s because I’ve chosen something that leads to death. Even His anger is loving.
That proves all the more how His love can never be dimmed toward me. He is love (1 John 4:8). He cannot go against Himself. He is never less or more, He is. Therefore, His love towards me is solid. All that He is, all that He does is because of love.
And I’m so grateful for His love letter to remind me of these truths.
Are there any truths that you struggle to believe and not just know? Scour God’s love letter to you (the Bible) to find the verses that speak those truths and meditate on them to ease your doubts.
Remember, YOU are loved and you are NOT alone.
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