Everlasting Love

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 31:1–6

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (v. 3)

Students of the Bible have pondered the reason for God’s continual struggle with the people of Israel. What was it that bound God to these people who continually broke the covenant and refused to heed repeated warnings? This question can be expressed in present-day terms. What is it that binds God to the church today with all its imperfections? What makes God continue to bless the church and use it as his instrument of witness to the world?

Jeremiah’s answer to these questions is, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” God’s everlasting love, pledged to his people, is the cord that binds God to his people. Having pledged his love, God will not break his promise. This love brings chastisement in order to cleanse and strengthen a life or nation. This love follows God’s people from the mountain-top experiences in the life of faith to the valleys of pain and sorrow and back again to the plains of joy in ordinary life.

God’s everlasting love is the golden thread around which a life can be woven. To know that one is loved with an unending love, that this love can and does understand and forgive, that this loves does restore and give power by which to live life anew, this is the experience of life lived in Christ. (originally published April 23, 1964)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your everlasting love. I ask that your love may ever be seen in my life. Amen.