Ah, February, the month of love, when we are reminded to reach out to one another with love and kindness. I wrote a blog post this week about historical love letters. You can find that post here. Those letters got me thinking about true love – not the love portrayed by movies or in books, but love that lasts and is unchanging.
While there are great love stories between people, the greatest love story of all time is the love story between God and mankind. In our marriage vows we pledge to be true to one another. To be there in hard times of sickness or poverty. To be there until parted by death.
But, God promises us much more. His love goes beyond anything we can even imagine.
God brings us salvation. He rejoices over us and sings over us. His love quiets our fears and worries. He is there for us when we need Him.
“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
God’s love never changes. He is dependable and always the same. We can always count on Him to have our best interests in mind, even if that differs from what we want. His love is steadfast, filled with kindness, not done out of duty, but out of genuine caring about us.
“…Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love…” Joel 2:13 (ESV)
God’s love is deep. Deeper than we can even fathom. Nothing at all can take us from His love. Not even death. His love doesn’t depend on our actions, but on His character. Once we are settled in His love, we are inseparable.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.” Ro 8:38–39 (NKJV)
There is no doubt about God’s love. We don’t have to wait for flowers, candy, a touch, or a look to ensure His love. He has given us the greatest gift possible, not because we deserve that gift, rather even when we don’t deserve it. His love is boundless, immeasurable, beyond what we can conceive. And, His love is ever directed toward us.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” I John 4:9-10 (NKJV)
Take time today to revel in the love of God directed to you, His precious child.