“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear him.’’Psalm 103:17
How much can we truly love someone? Ask a parent. Parents know that love for a child can take on the incredible quality of being sacrificial, no matter what the cost. But when we evaluate honestly how we love over time—when the child is no longer a baby and is growing up making choices perhaps we do not like—can we say that we love unconditionally? Is our love perfectly consistent? As sinners, do we love anyone perfectly? Our efforts to be loving are up-and-down, at best.
The psalmist says God’s love for those He has called is not fickle like ours. His love is from eternity past and stretches into an eternal future that we can rest in. Our confidence in this is most clearly seen in the sacrificial love of Jesus, for the world has never known a greater act of love than His dying on the cross for those He loves. The “fear” of God is the reverence and awe we experience when we see and receive this love.
Our loving acts in this life are a small picture of the greater, magnificent reality of God’s everlasting love. [Brian, San Diego, CA; second year student]
1 John 3:11-18; 4:9-19
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not” (C. S. Lewis, 1952). Give him all your thanks today!
Bible In A Year
- Ezekiel 25-26
- Psalm 143
- 1 Thessalonians 3-4