The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.Jeremiah 31:3(KJV)
This beautiful passage, which is directed towards the people of Israel announces in tender language that God Himself has loved them with an everlasting love and that He will certainly carry out His promise to re-gather His chosen people, back into their own land and finally.. to fulfil the promises He made to their forefather Abraham, and His seed forever.
"Yes," is His proclamation, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness I have drawn you." But the rich and abundant mercy of God, is not only poured out on His people Israel, but embraces all who are members of Christ’s body, which is the Church.. and because of the great love with which He loved us, He has drawn us into a permanent union with Christ and seated us together with Him in heavenly places.
God is holy and God is just but the very nature of God is love. The alpha and omega of God's eternal and unchangeable attributes unite us in love, and within His eternal character of love, there is intermingled godly attributes and a multiplicity of divine graces – where we discover ourselves to be His beloved children.
It was not just because of our sorry state that He demonstrated His unconditional love towards us (pitiable though we were.) It was not because of our desperate destiny in the fires of hell that He poured out His unique love upon us, (appalling though our future was).
It all rested upon God's eternal, unchangeable, divine character.. and the unique love for all mankind, which was demonstrated toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus paid the price for our sin so that His unconditional love and unswerving justice could be fulfilled in Him.
Christ was the One Who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, not because of who we are.. not because of what we have done - but simply because of Who He Is. Herein is love - not that we loved God, but that He took the initiative and loved us first, by sending His only begotten Son into the world to die for sinful man, so that whosoever believes on Him would not be condemned, but be given abundant and eternal life, by grace through faith.
God of wisdom and love, we are not worthy to gather the crumbs under Your table and yet in mercy and love You picked us up out of the miry clay and dressed us in the robe of Christ’s righteousness, for His names’ sake. We praise You for the unconditional love You pour out on us in unhindered measure – all because Your eternal character is measureless love. Thank You Father.. in Christ’s name we pray. AMEN.
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