“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31.3
Jeremiah was called “the weeping prophet.” He was deeply concerned over Israel’s actions of turning their back on the God who had brought them up out of Egypt rescued them many times.
God re-affirms His love for His people repeatedly, even after they had gone astray. You and I must remember, “love is a choice.” God chose to love Israel and He has chosen to love us too. God’s love for us is UNCONDITIONAL. It is not dependent on what we do as His children.
Those of us who have raised children understand the concept of unconditional love. The first time you hold that tiny baby in your arms, your heart is filled with love. That baby has not done anything to earn your love. You love him/her because of WHO they are.
As our children grow older, they sometimes do things we wish they would not do, but we don’t look them in the face and declare: “Because of what you just did, I don’t love you any more.” Our love goes deeper that the disappointment we feel because of bad behavior.
God’s words here are so powerful: “… I have loved thee with an everlasting love … ” There is none of this: “When you do what I tell you, then I will love you.” “ … with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Those were His words to Israel and those are His words to us also.
What would our marriages and our families and our churches look like if we made the conscious choice to love each other with an unconditional love? Marriages wouldn’t head to the divorce court. Children wouldn’t grow up hating their parents. And church would be a place we longed to go to rather than a place where we meet people we don’t like but we just tolerate them.
Seek today to accept this unconditional love from your Heavenly Father and seek to extend that love to family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Just my thoughts …