Do you ever ask these kinds of questions?
- “Does God even know I am here?”
- “Does He really love me?”
- “Why does God feel so far away?”
- “Does He ever just want to pound me into dust?”
After the last post about the importance of God’s Word and His emphasis on it, I was thinking about how a person can fall in love with God’s Word and with God Himself. The idea of falling in love with God may be a little foreign to you at this time but bear with me, and read on.
There are places in the Bible when you see and can almost feel God’s mighty power and His hugeness. There are also places where you can see and know that God is holy and what that means. Then, there are places in the Bible where God shows us His great love, His wonderful tenderness, and His deep compassion. Today, we are going to talk about one of those sweet places in His Word.
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'”
There are so many places where God shows us His tenderness. Even in a scene as hard to fathom as the crucifixion, there is huge tenderness for us. We needed His salvation so desperately and in His tender love, He made a way for that.
This verse in Jeremiah 31, is one of my favorites and came to mind when I was thinking about the tender love of God.
The definition of tenderness is – gentleness and kindness.
So though the love of God could have the power of a hurricane, He is gentle and kind as He brings us to Himself.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying…”
So the LORD had spoken to them in the past, maybe on Mount Sinai.
“…’I have loved you with an everlasting love…'”
God’s love is everlasting which means forever into the past and forever into the future! It truly has no end.
“‘…I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'”
This is, of course, God speaking. The word drawn here means that He pulled us to Himself.
And He did it with loving-kindness. I am sure you see what I mean about His wonderful tenderness.
Often, a person’s salvation experience will begin with fear of hell because of that person’s realization that he or she is a sinner, as all of us are. But when true salvation comes it is because the person realizes that God has made a beautiful way for us to be forgiven and to be reconciled back to Himself. Then hell becomes a non-issue for that new believer and the love of God is what begins to work in them and change their life. And they begin sharing His love with the people around them.
When I read this verse, I think about how safe I am in His grasp and how safe all believers are in His grasp. His hand is strong and mighty to hold us, yet He does not crush us in His grasp. His love for us is so great.
God is Love
I may be repeating myself but it is worth repeating:
God is love, but love does not define God as it seems to here. God defines love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“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 wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
“Love never fails…”
God defines love. These verses define love in words that also describe God. He is so good and He loves us so much. He is all the above descriptors toward us.
I hope you will take a few minutes and just think about God and His amazingly great love. Then, think about the fact that you as His child are the object of that amazingly great love. Let it soak into your soul. Let it wash over you like a warm shower in the morning. He does love you so!
Thank You, Lord, for You beautiful and great love for us. Help us please to see it, know it and love You back with all that we are. Make us what You want us to be. In the great name of Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray. Amen.
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