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Jeremiah 31:3 ...Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
About-Him.Com Devotional 02-27-2016
God's Love is Eternal
God spoke to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, reminding them of His everlasting love. Israel was prone to backsliding and idolatry, yet the Lord loved them. In Jeremiah 3:14 He pleaded for the backsliding children of Israel to return to His tender love and care, stating that He was married to the backslider.
Such is the character of our God. The apostle John reminds us that we have known and experienced the love of God. We take much of God's love for granted, as if it is our due. He sends the sunshine to warm our planet, but a few degrees of variation causes us to complain. Some will murmur that it is too cold and others that is is too hot. He sends the rain to water our crops and surrounds us with beautiful flowers, which we often ignore. Most of all, we have experienced the love of God in that He clothed Himself in flesh and walked among us as a man (1 Ti. 3:16) and ultimately shedding His blood for our redemption.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Just as God loved Israel with an everlasting love, He loves all of humanity to the same degree. He didn't pick out those of a better sort to love, He loved all of us in spite of our depravity.
Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children?s children;
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
He loved us when we were unworthy of love. Actually, we're still unworthy of His love but He loves us anyway.
John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Jesus loved His disciples, "Unto the end."
As Calvary was approaching, the crowds who followed Him to see the miracles and to be fed by the fishes and loaves had disappeared and would soon be the ones who cried out, "Crucify Him," yet He extended His love to them without reservation. His own disciples drew back and Peter denied Him, yet Jesus loved them all.
John 13:1. Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Jesus commanded us to follow His example.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Jesus said, "If you love Me, feed My sheep!"
In John 21:15-17, Jesus asked Peter, "Do you love Me more than these?" He was referring to a great haul of fish that the disciples had caught when they obeyed the Lord?s command to throw out their nets on the other side of the boat. There were so many fish that the nets began to break. Perhaps Peter was tempted to continue on with his occupation as a fisherman?
The Lord asked Peter three times, "Do you love Me more than these"? Peter was adamant in His profession of love for the Lord. Jesus simply, replied, "Feed My sheep".
Like Peter, we are called upon to weigh the benefits of serving our own interest or serving the kingdom of God. We serve the kingdom of God best when we minister to our fellow man, spiritually and physically.
John 21:15. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter,Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Song: All Because of the One Who So Loved Me
“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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