God is in love with
The LORD God says to every Christian believer, “I
have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness have I
draw you” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Those words are a great encouragement for every believer.
God’s love for you is an eternal love. It is filled with unfailing care and
mercy. He does not say, “I will love you,” but “I have loved you with an
In New Testament terms the apostle John states the same
wonderful truth. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
How do we know such an awesome fact is true? “In this is
love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for my sins” (v. 10). There has never been a time, or even a
moment, when He did not love you.
Nothing but the love of God could accomplish such an
amazing feat. He loved us and sent His son to be the “propitiation for our
sins.” God’s holiness is satisfied, and His wrath is turned away from us because
of what Jesus did for us on our behalf. God’s justice has now been satisfied
because His perfect, sinless Son paid our debt in full.
God’s wrath is a settled, controlled, holy, antagonism
against all sin. The Law says, “The soul that sins shall die!” “The wages of sin
is death.” But a righteous and just God intervened in His sovereign grace. “By
this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten
Son into the world so that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9). “And the
witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His
Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does
not have the life” (5:11, 12).
God keeps saying over and over again to us, “I have loved
you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
I love you and I have demonstrated that love once and forever in the death of My
Son on your behalf.
The Holy Spirit spreads abroad through the heart this
amazing love of God which is given to us and then we love Him with all our
We never understand God’s love for us until He appears to
us in that demonstration of His grace. By nature we are dead to the presence of
God. We are in no condition to apprehend His love until God reveals Himself. We
cannot see God and His love until God the Holy Spirit removes the scales off our
spiritual eyes. Our heart is dead to any movement of God’s grace until the Holy
Spirit changes us. Our conversion or new birth is the work of the Spirit. It is
a divine operation. Man cannot do it. True knowledge of the love of God is a
God says to us, “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Does your heart swell up with gratitude of a million,
“Thank you”? God says, “I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” His arms are
always outstretched and reaching down to us even when we were spiritually dead
and unaware of it. It is always a mighty act of grace when He comes to the
confessing, believing, repenting, trusting sinner. “Oh, to grace, how great a
debtor!” His love and grace is patient with us.
“No one can come to Me,” Jesus said, “unless the Father who
sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44).
Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me;
and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). God
always finishes what He begins. Our salvation is no exception. His everlasting
love will see us through to the end. “All that the Father gives Me shall come to
Me,” and with a double negative in the original language He says, “I will
certainly not [no, never] cast out.” That everlasting love gives us confidence
and assurance of eternal life with Him in heaven.
“All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me . . .” Have
you come? Will you come to Him right now? With open arms His everlasting love
pleads, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believers has eternal life. I am the
bread of life” (John 6:47-48).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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