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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: ‘I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.’”—Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
Two weeks ago, we celebrated Valentine’s Day—the “day of love.” The idea is simple: one day of the year, you go out of your way to show that special someone how much you love them through jewelry, flowers, chocolates, and a whole host of other possible gifts or actions. It’s a day to declare loud and clear for all the world to know, “I love you.”
In today’s verse, the Lord makes a declaration of love for His people. The Hebrew word for “everlasting” here is olam, which means “since antiquity; for ages; permanently, for all eternity; forevermore.” It’s a love that transcends time and space, that knows no bounds. And then He adds that it is an unfailing (checed) love, which means, “a beautiful, kind, and merciful covenant love.” It’s an unchanging, unrelenting, enduring, endless love that we can rely on. And He draws us to Himself through this beautiful love.
Theologian Joseph Benson wrote, “As if he had said, ‘The mercies I promised you, as a nation, when I made a covenant with your fathers, shall never fail. My love was not a temporary love, manifested merely to a single generation, but it is an everlasting love, and will continue through all generations.’” I can think of no greater evidence of this love and the fulfillment of this covenant love than John 3:16 (NIV), which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The love of God for us is so deep, so merciful, so complete and irrevocable that He was willing to die for us so that we could spend eternity with Him, soaking in the radiance and gloriousness of His love. In the Garden, man—through Adam and Eve—broke God’s heart and severed our connection to Him. Man separated themselves from His love because of the love of self. This resulted in an uncrossable bridge between us and the Lord: sin.
In order to reestablish that connection and restore the severed bond, God, perfect and holy, came to pay the wages of our sin—death—by living a perfect life, taking our death upon Himself, and then opening up the doors of eternal life by His resurrection! And what does this love ask from us in return? That we believe in Him and love Him in return!
What are you doing with His love today?
DIG: Do a word study on love through any Bible reference site.
DISCOVER: How has the love of God impacted you and those around you?
DISPLAY: Thank God for the endless, unfailing love He draws us with. Reflect on His love and how it has changed your life.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.