The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness;” Jeremiah 31:3
Everyone loves to be loved, but not everyone feels loved. Some people love fairy tale stories that end with everlasting happiness and love, while others hate the stories. They love them because it is something that they dream of, while the others hate it, because they don’t see that type of love in reality.
The love most people see is often very conditional. One loves as long as it is going his own way, otherwise there is hatred or apathy.
Jeremiah reminds the people that in the past and to the present God loved Israel with an everlasting love. God drew the people to Him through His kindness.
God’s love for people has never changed. He still loves with a perfect, never-ending love. His love is not conditional on whether a person believes in Him or not, whether the person sins or does not sin, God loves regardless.
With that perfect love, God shows a kindness that most people do not understand. Sin separates one from God and brings about death. Yet, He is right there willing to forgive sins and make everything right again. God does this because of love.
God’s great love for people causes Him to be kind, rather than hateful. He wants everyone to come to Him and have a relationship with Him. This can only be done with forgiveness. His love makes this possible.
People want to be loved and need to be loved. When a person realizes God’s great love for him, he will be drawn to God. He will no longer want to run away from that great love and go back into death.
There may be times when you don’t feel as if anyone loves you, including God. God may appear to be far away and distant from you, not very loving.
Do not forget that God still does love you. He is being kind to you, not giving you what you deserve, but drawing you to Him to restore you and pour His love into you.
Regardless of what you have done in the past, how much you have sinned, God still loves you. You can return to Him and be changed and used by God.
Whether anyone in this world loves you or not, God does love you with an everlasting and perfect love.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know the kindness God is showing you; that you will have a relationship with God; and that you will stay by God’s side at all times.