Verse for Today: Friday, November 15, 2013
Jeremiah 31:3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness”.
It is well nigh impossible to find unadulterated love and kindness in this world. There are covert and overt motives behind almost all expressions of love and kindness. Everyone expects something in return for the way they care for us. Hospitals provide care for a fee and orphanages show love and kindness for a donation from someone. Organizations ask us to work for them so that they can show us some kindness in paying salary and benefits. Almost all human relationships are bound by some expectations and hidden motives. When we keep paying back for the care, concern and affection that we get from almost any source, we tend to lose our trust in such sources of love. Nothing is free in this world and genuine love is hard to find. The less return they obtain from us, the less they care for us and that makes us lose our faith in institutions, relationships and persons. But that is not the case with God. He loves us unconditionally and shows abundance of kindness to us without expecting anything in return. He shows concern and compassion to us not because we deserve it, but because it is God’s essential character to love us humans. He loves us without a cause and without any selfish motives whatsoever. He shows mercy to us because without His mercy, we would be totally lost. He shows love and concern to us by providing us with the basic needs of air, water, atmosphere, food, basic health and other living conditions. God has also given us a sound mind to think about Him and to develop a desire to become His children. Even when we disobey God, He comes to us to show concern and love. He desires that we get our life problems settled with Him and live as His children. He wants us to enjoy His everlasting love which doesn’t diminish in its intensity. His love never gets exhausted and will not dry up.
Dear friend, are you seeking true, unconditional love that doesn’t expect anything in return? Have you been grossly disappointed in not being able to find such love? Well, it can be found only in God because God is love. He loved you and sent His Son to die for you so that you can be saved. His love comes to you when you experience hatred, rejection, resentment, isolation, deceit and discrimination. His love fills your heart and removes the vacuum in your life. He accepts you unconditionally. His love receives you into His family where He is your loving Father and you are a beloved child. He gives you the warmth and fellowship of the heavenly family and makes you feel wanted and important. He gives you great privileges in your new heavenly family along with responsibilities. When the whole world thinks that you are unlovable and unlikable, God’s love makes you a partaker of the grace that God makes available to you. Remember, when God loved you, He loved His enemy so that you may be adopted as His beloved child. Today you are accepted in and through the Lord Jesus Christ and all the blessings of the heavenly places are bestowed upon you. His love satisfies your every longing and fulfills your every desire for acceptance and belongingness. God has appointed His holy angles to encompass around you and protect you from all evil. His Spirit dwells in your heart and leads you each day in this world to fulfill His purposes in you. His goodness and kindness are your escorts on your sides as you walk through this wilderness towards your heavenly destination.
Song of Songs 2:4 – He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.
Thought for Today
The love of God desires to own me completely as His precious child with all my inadequacies.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to respond to Your love by surrendering myself completely to You today as a living sacrifice. Amen!
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