Friday, December 28, 2018
An Everlasting Love
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (
On an episode of The Simpsons, one of the characters, Ralph Wiggum, was feeling very sad because none of his classmates had given him a valentine. Lisa Simpson had some sympathy for Ralph, so she gave him a card with a drawing of a train. The valentine read, “I choo-choo-choose you.” Ralph was very moved by that and thought Lisa was in love with him. But Lisa wasn’t in love with Ralph; she just wanted to be kind.
Lisa’s valentine would make a great theological statement: God choo-choo-chooses you. He did, and He does. But He didn’t choose you out of sympathy; He chose you out of His love for you.
In the Book of Jeremiah God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (31:3 NKJV). God personally chose and loved you as though you were the only person on earth. Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” (John 15:16 NKJV).
God showed His love toward us in a tangible way. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NKJV). And John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (NKJV).
No matter what you’re going through, nothing will ever separate you from God’s love. Nothing will ever stop God from loving you. Romans 8:38–39 tells us, “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV). God loves you.
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