God's Unfailing Love

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. I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines”.
— Jeremiah 31:3-5 NLT

Love is an emotion that is beyond comprehensive definition. Dictionaries define love as attraction or affection, and while this leads us closer to understanding the meaning of love, it still does not do it justice. People often use similes to describe love, and while these may help, they still do not truly define love. Truth be told, anywhere we look we can see countless people who fall in (or out) of love. Multitudes of relationships are broken or completely destroyed because people do not truly understand love. Love is a person and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of the fulness of the Father, who is love unconditional. Out of Him flows everything that love is.

The Father’s heart toward mankind is such that He will never cease loving us beyond what words can describe. Despite everything we do to ridicule Him, give up on Him, and walk away from Him, He never ever gives up us, the ones He created in His image and likeness. His feelings toward us never grow cold. He does not fall in and out of love with us. Even in His anger and correction in the face of our wickedness, perversion, and sin, He continues to send us His reminders to straighten our crooked ways, repent, and return to the solid foundation of a loving relationship with Him. Though His words may be strong and His correction seem unbearable, they are infused with His love.

The habits and behavior we display as parents in raising our children is based largely on the example our parents set in raising us. Our experiences as children growing up in relationship with our parents shape the views we embrace as parents with children of our own. We tend to parent our children in the same way we were parented. Not every parent in the world is a godly parent with an ongoing dynamic relationship with the Father. Others, although godly in general, are hypocritical in their relationship with the Father. Countless thousands of people live in or come from dysfunctional families and have experienced some of the most atrocious things imaginable, bad experiences that impact the rest of their lives in severe and incomprehensible ways. All of these experiences color our worldview about love. Unknowingly, we start to relate to others, and especially our spouses and children, in the same manner. Worst of all, we do the same in trying to relate to the Father. Trying to love on the basis of our own understanding has many limitations.

When we come into close proximity with the Father, we allow Him to have our hearts. He goes into those cracks and crevices that we don’t want anybody else to know exists and starts to heal us so that our view of love changes and we can be transformed by His love. There is no greater heart surgeon in the universe than the Father. The one who is Love takes the time to translate Himself into our hearts so that we can radiate with His glory. A softening that takes place within our beings that gives us the capacity not to fall in and out of love repeatedly, but instead live and abide by the Father, who is unconditional love. His love has the power to break every chain of wickedness, perversion, disobedience, and sin. It is the greatest force that exists, and it never fails. As the Father never gives up on us, let us also never give up on others. With pureness of heart, we love one another as He has loved us.