Is there such a thing as enduring love–the kind that lasts forever? In a world filled with break-ups and break downs, who can count on real love anymore?
Those who know the Lover well.
That Lover has been pursuing you for a long time. And He wants you for His own.
His relationship is unlike any you’ll ever know or have ever known.
Faithfulness underlines all His actions.
And He, alone, created “forever.”
Bible Promise: Enduring Love
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 106:1, NIV).
Don’t Misunderstand God’s Bible Promise
Some Christians misunderstand God’s love. Fearful that He might retract it, they hoard blessings rather than use or enjoy them. But God’s fresh mercy is available to us for the asking. And goodness is His inherent character. He offers enduring love.
God’s love is not like the secular version on earth: “I will if you will.” It’s not based on a “falling in or out” kind of relationship. He loved us before we were ever born. And His love lasts forever.
God doesn’t wait until we jump through His religious hoops or meet His high standards to promise His affections. He loves us just as we are.
I like the following passage in the Message translation:
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him (Romans 5:6-8 MSG).
His love isn’t stingy; it’s extravagant. He never acts in any way, but out of love toward us. He will never stop loving us. His love and His Bible promise are both enduring.
Our Part in This Bible Promise?
What’s our part? We don’t sign a written agreement: “I’ll never mess up. I’ll walk a perfect line. I’ll never fail You.” Impossible to do. Impossible to keep.
But we do “write” an agreement with our heart, soul, and mind to accept His offer of love, grace, and forgiveness and commit to live for Him! Jesus’ love, Jesus’ death paid for everything! He offers a free gift!
I’ve heard others say, “I’m afraid if I ask God to forgive me, He’ll say no. I’ve sinned away my grace period.” As long as you have breath to cry out to Jesus, He’s ready to forgive, no matter what you’ve done. God cannot love you any more or any less than He already does. His love endures forever.
And if you choose to reject His love and live separated from Him? That’s a painful choice to make. He loved both thieves on the cross, even though only one would spend eternity with Him–the one who cried out to Him for mercy.
What about those who already belong to Jesus, who’ve already chosen to follow Him? What happens when they mess up? For a believer, sin may crimp the flow of God’s blessings temporarily, but it will never cut off the Father’s love for His child (I John 1:9). He promises enduring love.
Amazing Bible Promise: Enduring Love
I have never understood that kind of love. It has and always will amaze me. How about you? Is the Lord Jesus your Lover?
How Can We Mirror that Love?
Our world and our nation needs us to show Christ’s love. They are looking to us to see how His love works. Hate, revenge, unforgiveness, and selfishness–these are not the marks of a follower of Christ. He gave us a “new” commandment to follow:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
Ask Jesus to help you love more like Him. His Word and His example tells us how.
What’s Forever For?
What’s forever for? It’s for you–and me. For all eternity, with Jesus.
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord Jesus, restore every broken heart with Your enduring love. Heal the hurts; erase the pain; and make Yourself known to everyone seeking You and Your forever love. Thank You that Your love is extravagant and never ends–and that it began long before we were even born. Teach us how to love one another, as You have loved us. You are the One who created forever. And with You is where we always want to be.
It’s Your Turn
How does God’s promise of enduring love affect you? How has it made a difference in your life? I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then the e-mail will come to me. Your name or info is not shared with anyone.
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