“And I have loved you.” Isaiah 43:4
I love you – three words, linked together, form one of the most powerful statements known to mankind. Every heart longs to hear them. Young girls will dismiss their purity in exchange for this declaration. Parents of a newborn coo this to an infant yet unable to understand. Those same parents long for the day the child utters the words back. Relationships are sealed by one noun and two pronouns.
Since the dawn of time, the Author of love set into motion the notion of love – not just the exchange of words. After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they experienced shame over their nakedness. God’s love was evidenced by His provision of a covering. Love covers a multitude of sins. (1Peter 4:8)
When his chosen people sought after other gods and played the harlot, God redeemed them. The prophet Jeremiah repeated the Lord’s words, I have loved you with an everlasting love…drawn you with lovingkindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
God has lavished love on His children. Numerous demonstrations of that love are consistent throughout the Bible. What does He ask in return? If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (Jn 14:23)
As a flawed human, I fail at loving others unconditionally. When my heart’s been beaten to a pulp, my inclination is to slam the door emotionally, or even worse – pay back. Romans 5:8 reminds us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
I know without a doubt I’d die for some folks. But what about those who’ve hurt me? Jesus Christ died for all who hurt Him – including you and me.
I cannot fathom giving my child or grandchild for those stricken with rebellion and sinful living, but God did. He gave His only begotten son for us.
He loves us. He’ll go to great lengths to rescue us, pursue us, to redeem us back.
As I gaze upon these words, “And I have loved you” There’s momentary comfort. The hurts of life fade. I’m held captive in Truth, not just the emotion of love.
When man’s love fails, God’s love doesn’t. The Psalmist drew great strength in this, God’s love never fails. (Ps. 136:1)
My desire today:
Embrace God’s love. Love Him back. Love others as He loves me.
Will you join me?