You Are Forever Loved!
by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)
Have you ever really thought about what that means?
In the Hebrew, everlasting means “forever, eternity.” When the Lord says He has loved with an everlasting love, it means He loved us from before time began and will continue to love us throughout eternity. He loves us on our good days, and even our days we are not proud of and would prefer to forget!
He has drawn us with loving kindness, which in the Hebrew means “loyal.” In the first part of that verse, when the Lord said He loved you, that usage of love meant to like, be a friend, be a lover, an ally.
I don’t know where you are today, or what circumstance this finds you in. I don’t know if this Valentine’s Day has left you feeling alone, unwanted, rejected, or perhaps surrounded by the love of family and friends. But what I do know is that God has declared to us in this one verse that He has been a loyal ally, loving us forever from the beginning of time through eternity.
In Numbers 23:19 and several other places in scripture, we are told that God cannot lie and God does not change His mind. What He sets His mind to, He will accomplish—including loving you and me for all eternity.
I’ve never known a love like that from another person. People let others down, not even because they mean to, but because we’re human. Our feelings are capricious. Our likes, our wants, our attitudes change without reason or warning. But God’s love for us is a fact, not a feeling, and it does not change.
Wherever this finds you today, I pray you will rest in His unfailing love, as your friend and your ally.
How can we pray for you today? Please leave us a comment!
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: www.DrMichelleBengtson.com.
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