This rose was in the bouquet of flowers my husband bought me before he left. It’s been showing its beauty off for over a week now, and will still be beautiful when he returns tomorrow! But I know that it will soon begin looking very sad as its beauty fades away.
I’m so glad that the beauty of God’s love is enduring and unfading. “His faithful love endures forever” is repeated in every verse in Psalm 136 (NLT). Something repeated 26 times in a row must be something important that we should pay attention to!
God’s Love is Faithful
Isaiah prayed, “O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.” (Isaiah 25:1) God planned from the beginning that Christ would come to destroy the power of Satan (Genesis 3:14-15), and it is finished (John 19:30)! His love is faithful!
Friends may come and go, but God’s love is always there, unwavering in its devotion to us. Stormy seasons of life can make us doubt his love and care for us, but our doubts can never affect the Truth. The trials we go through will strengthen our faith and trust in our Father, if we will allow him to use them for his purposes. He walks with us through them, never leaving our side. The things that people do to us or the things that happen to us are never meant to define us, because our identity is found in living as children of God!
Don’t let hard times distract you from the truth of God’s faithful love. This life is temporary, but what comes after is eternal. “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:23-25)
Live with eternity in mind, and trust the faithfulness of your Savior!
God’s Love is Enduring
Siblings endure teasing and mothers endure sleepless nights. But the enduring nature of God’s love doesn’t mean that He just puts up with anything. God is just, and requires his people to “Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good.” (Isaiah 56:1) These requirements are covered in loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, so they’re not much of a stretch!
What “enduring” does mean here is that God’s love lasts forever, into infinity. John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), and James writes that “He never changes.” (James 1:17) Paul writes, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) God has always been love, He is love now, and He will always be love. His love has no end! “The faithful love of the LORD never ends!” (Lamentations 3:22) Never means…never!
What does this mean for us?
The fact that God is love means little if we don’t see ourselves as the objects and recipients of that love. David prayed, “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15) God’s love toward us is filled with compassion and mercy. He is moved with concern for us in our misery, and has done something about it! Christ came to make a way for us out of the mess we’re in, and to grant us entrance into the Kingdom of God. Whether we take him up on his offer is our decision, and it’s not one to be made lightly. Eternity is a very long time, my friend.
Whether or not we choose to acknowledge God’s love for us doesn’t change the fact that we are loved!
How will you respond to his love today?
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
“For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” (Psalm 110:5)
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