By Brooke Holt
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3b
What is true love, everlasting love, and how do you find it? Our world offers multiple and varied answers to these questions. Join the perfect dating site, and you will find your one true love. Then movies and television shows depict many versions of true love. Sadly, most of those true loves don’t seem to last (especially if you watch soap operas). Romance novels may offer excitement and intrigue, yet can anyone truly maintain that passion forever? In this fallen and fickle world, can you really find true love?
I have good and bad news for you today. The good news: true love, everlasting love is available to you right here and now as you read. For thousands of years, God has loved his people with a steadfast love. You included. He loves you so much that he sent his only Son to demonstrate that love through his life, death, and resurrection. He invites you into a divine romance. You can enjoy his love today and every day into and throughout eternity. God’s love will not and does not change based on your appearance, your social status, or what you do or do not do. This love God has for you is perfect, secure, and everlasting. You were made for this love; thus, you will crave it with every fiber of your being.
That is also the bad news. You will crave this love, and if you do not find it in the Lord, you will be sorely disappointed by people. God designed marriage, families, friendships, and the body of Christ to meet relational needs. He created us for fellowship. However, not one of these people can love you with the true and everlasting love of the Lord. - not even the best marriage, the best children, or the most amazing friends. Only Jesus. As your creator and redeemer, only he can love you perfectly.
If you will accept this truth and allow God to be the ultimate love of your life, you will be amazed by how much more you can enjoy the earthly relationships he brings to you. You can truly enjoy and love your spouse, children, friends, and church family. They just aren’t your ultimate; they are the overflow blessings of a life lived with God.
God has and will continue his faithfulness to you. His love is sufficient for you. Will you trust in his everlasting love today and allow that love to become the center of your life and being? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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