Jeremiah 31:3 - Comprehending the Love of God.

Jeremiah 31:3 - Comprehending the Love of God.  

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: 
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with 


Though most of Jeremiah is bad news, chapters 30 to 33 are good 
news. These chapters have been called the "Book of Consolation" or the 
"Little Book of Comfort" because of their message of hope. [Youth SB] 

There's Nothing Like Love
   Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his 
parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the 
counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, 
spilling it on the floor.  
   He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, 
mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury 
trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten. 
He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it 
was getting very bad. He didn't know what to do next, whether to put 
it all into the oven or on the stove (and he didn't know how the 
stove worked).  
   Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and 
reached to push  her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. 
Frantically he tried to cleanup this monumental mess but slipped on the 
eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky. And just then he saw Dad 
standing at the door.  
   Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon's eyes. All he'd 
wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was 
sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father 
just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his 
crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and 
sticky in the process.  
   That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in 
life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we 
insult a friend or we can't stand our job or our health goes sour. 
Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything 
else to do. That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, 
even though some of our mess gets all over Him.  
   But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to 
make pancakes, for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it 
right, and then they'll be glad we tried... (source unknown - received 
from Ashley) 


   "How little real love there is for God," says theologian 
Arthur W. Pink. He suggests that the low level of spirituality in 
today's church is caused by our hearts being so little occupied with 
thoughts of the divine love. "The better we are acquainted with His 
love--its character, its fullness, its blessedness," he says, "the more 
will our hearts be drawn out in love to Him."  
   We focus now on the fact that God's love is eternal. 
   God being eternal, it follows that His love also is eternal. 
This means that God loved us before earth and heaven were called into 
existence, that He has set His heart upon us from all eternity. This is the 
truth set forth in Ephesians 1:4-5, where we are told that we were 
chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. What a 
tranquilizer this is for our hearts! If God's love for us had no beginning, 
then it has no ending either. It is from "everlasting to 
   Another thing we need to know about the love of God is that 
it is a holy love. This means that His love is not regulated by 
whim or caprice or sentiment, but by principle. Just as His grace 
reigns not at the expense of righteousness but "through" it (Rm 5:21), 
so His love never conflicts with His holiness. This is why John 
says that God is "light" before he says God is "love." And this is 
why, too, the Almighty never lets us get away with anything. He loves 
us too much for that. His love is pure, holy, and unmixed with 
excessive sentimentality. God will not wink at sin, not even in His own 
   O Father, the more I learn about Your love, the more my heart 
is set on fire. Increase my understanding, for I see that the more 
I comprehend how much I am loved, the more secure I am in that 
love. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes 


   Crown you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You need 
vast quantities of these blessings, and I delight in providing them 
for you. Your job is to open your heart fully to Me, acknowledging - 
to yourself and to Me - how needy you are. Many people are afraid 
to face their neediness because they doubt that anyone could ever 
provide all that they lack. Humanly speaking, this is true. But I have 
infinite reservoirs of blessings for My children. Moreover, My 
lovingkindness is an eternal gift, for I have loved you with an everlasting 
Love. I am committed to you!  
   All of My children need mercy - compassionate treatment - and 
you are no exception. I offer you multiple mercies, and I do this 
tenderly. So come to Me when you are feeling weak and vulnerable. Pour out 
your heart to Me, and rest in My Presence. Remember that you are 
redeemed royalty, purchased with My own blood. Hold still - with dignity 
and confidence - while I crown you with lovingkindness and tender 
mercies. (Psa. 103:1-4; Jer. 31:3; Psa. 62:8) [Jesus Today by Sarah 





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