“But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him…”
Psalm 103:17 (NIV)
“The Lord appeared to us in the past,
saying: “I have loved you
with an everlasting love…”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
If you ask teenagers, they will often insist that they know more about love than their parents. For example, when a parent hints that the “love” their teenager confesses they have for another teenager the teen will insist that they have genuine love and want to marry their friend. Many parents have been told by their child, “Mom, Dad you just don’t understand!!”
A parent should never chide their child by belittling their confessed love. The emotion is very real to the child and needs to be accepted as a genuine form of love. As we mature our love grows and becomes a much deeper emotion that is more discerning and tenacious. Parents need to recall their own teenage years and feelings they had for a special person. Did those teenage feelings you had last?
Most of us grew up and discarded teenage love for a mature and lasting emotional attachment to a person we married. However, even among some adults, after some years of happy marriage, love fades and a new person captures their heart. All this to say that human love varies over time, even in some cases of mature and supposedly long lasting love.
When we read of the Lord’s love for His people we are wonderfully assured of His love being eternal, everlasting, timeless. Here is a source of never failing comfort and encouragement. Regardless of how we may have failed our Father in heaven He welcomes us back into His arms like the father of the prodigal son. No matter how insignificant we feel we are in the family of God we know He treasures us deeply.
The Gospel of Luke is full of stories of the Saviour attending to people who are not often valued by society; people like widows, the poor, the repentant thief, and so on. Never, never foolishly think that your sin, your low status in society or other factor will ever cause God’s eternal love for you to fail.
It does not make sense that what the Bible says is eternal and everlasting can fail and prove to be short lived. So return to the One Who put His eternal love on you and Who will never, never, no never, forsake you. His arms are open wide to embrace you once more. He will speak words of love to calm your troubled heart so come and come now.
I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.
‘Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah’s Name;
‘Tis stable as His steadfast throne,
Forevermore the same.
The clouds may come and go
And storms may sweep my sky;
This blood-sealed friendship changes not;
The cross is ever nigh.
My love is oft-times low,
My joy still ebbs and flows;
But peace with Him remains the same;
No change Jehovah knows.
I change, He changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.
– Horatius Bonar