“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love”
When God talks of an everlasting love he does not only mean that it will last forever – He means also that He has already loved us forever. He has loved us since before we were formed within the womb, and even then He knew all about our life – internal and external – all that we were going to think, say and do, all our successes and failures, hopes and fears, weaknesses and sins. And still He loved us, and still loves us, and would do anything for us – and already has.
And when Jesus reached out to us and said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
it was not because He had to but because He wanted to. He wanted us to come to Him. He wanted to take our stress and tiredness, our fear and failures, our rejection and loneliness, our shame and inadequacy, our pride and arrogance, our timidity and dependencies, our bondage and lusts, our weakness and sickness, and all our sins, and to set us free – free to begin to know what it is to be loved fully and unconditionally by God. And He still does! He knew the cost of it and still went through with it – because of this great and everlasting love that God, and He, has for you and for all of us.
We cannot earn it, nor can we deserve it. All that we can do is believe it, accept it, embrace it and respond to it. It is the most powerful force in all of creation, and there is nothing and no one able to stand in its way. For God is love, and His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven – and His will is that His Kingdom of love be established and last throughout eternity, with us as (to Him) an essential part of it.
He is with you right at this moment. Turn to Him, hold your arms out to Him (do it!) and ask Him to help you receive His love – and then breathe it in! Now live it.
Blessed Father, please pour Your love into my heart, and remind me of it every day. Help me also to believe it, accept it, embrace it and respond to it – in Jesus name I pray. Amen.