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 


   Nothing youve ever done or will ever 
do can stop God from loving you. God said in 
Jeremiah 31:3, I love you with an everlasting 
love (GW). 
   Do you know how long everlasting is?
   Its forever. You cant make God stop 
loving you; he will love you forever. His love 
isnt based on what you do. Its based on who he 
is. The only reason youre alive is because 
God made you to love you. 
   Thats why God sent his Son: For 
this is how God loved the world: He gave his one 
and only Son, so that everyone who believes in 
him will not perish but have eternal life 
(John 3:16 NLT). 
   God wants you to know his love. Even 
more, he wants you to feel his love.  
   Gods love will transform you when you 
feel it. It turns somebody who is hateful, 
bigoted, or racist into a kind, gentle, and loving 
person. When God's love hits your heart, it changes 
   If your life hasnt changed, then you 
dont know God. You cant have somebody as big 
as God come into your life and not be changed 
by it.  
   When God's love comes into your life, it 
changes how you react to everyone else. When you 
truly understand and experience the love of God, 
you cant help but pass it on to others.  
   In fact, Jesus described it like this: 
I give you a new command: Love one another. 
Just as I have loved you, you must also love one 
another. By this all people will know that you are My 
disciples, if you have love for one another (John 
13:34-35 HCSB). 
   But it starts with Gods love for us.
   The most amazing conversion in the Bible 
is of a guy named Saul, who was a religious 
extremist that killed Christians. One day, on his way 
to Damascus, he encountered the resurrected 
   Jesus said to Saul, "Why are you 
persecuting me?" 
   Saul fell to his knees and said, "My Lord 
and my God." 
   The man who had once been a religious 
extremist became the apostle of love. Saul, now known 
as Paul, wrote most of the New Testament, 
including some of the most beautiful words on love 
ever written, 1 Corinthians 13.  
   The everlasting, completely free love of 
God will do that. It changes lives.  
   Has it changed yours? [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


   It's hard to make sense of all the tragic 
events unfolding in our nation and world today. 
When others seem motivated by hatred, greed, and 
prejudice to the point where they're consumed by 
violence and evil, it's difficult to know how to 
respond. In light of natural disasters and 
life-ending tragedies, people often ask me, "Why would 
God allow such suffering and devastation to take 
place? How could this be part of his plan? How can 
I trust him when he lets things like this 
   Because I'm a pastor, people expect me to 
have answers that make sense or feel right, but 
my responses might not be what they want to 
hear. The simple answer is that God gives us the 
power to choose how we live our lives. It has been 
this way since creation, when Adam and Eve 
exercised their gift of free will by disobeying God 
and choosing their own way. Ever since, we've 
been living in a world filled with the 
consequences of sinful choices and willful disobedience. 
   If left unchecked, our selfishness 
becomes a cancer. It's only through the grace of God 
and the power of Christ that we can be 
transformed. Our lives on this side of heaven will always 
include pain and suffering. But God loves us so much 
that he sacrificed his Son in order to provide 
the cure for our sinful condition. 
   So often, Lord, I can't understand the 
suffering taking place in the world today. Yet I know 
that you're in control and that your love is 
truly everlasting. I will trust in you. [Daily 
Power by Craig Groeschel] 

   I once heard about a teenage girl who 
gave her boyfriend a framed picture of herself. 
On the front she wrote, "Todd, I love you more 
than life itself! Yours forever, Ashley.' 
However, later after they broke up, Todd discovered 
Ashley had left him another note written on the 
back of her picture: "If we ever break up, I want 
this picture back - and my mom wants the frame!' 
   Life often conditions many of us to view 
love as temporary and conditional. As a result, 
we are tempted to apply the same mindset to the 
way God loves us. If we have a good day at work, 
we think he must really love us. If the car 
breaks down or the kids get sick, then we wonder 
why God doesn't love us anymore. But that's not 
the way God's love operates. 
   Our Father's love is permanent and 
unchanging. While others may love you today and abandon 
you tomorrow, God's love never changes. And 
because of his love, you will always be a valuable, 
worthwhile individual. His very nature is love and he 
sacrificed all he could to show you just how much he 
loves you. He gave his only Son to die on the 
   Today stop doubting God's love for you 
and bask in being his beloved child. 
   Lord, your love is beyond anything I can 
experience from the people in my life. Thank you that 
your unconditional love never changes. [Daily 
Power by Craig Groeschel] 

   On an episode of The Simpsons, one of the 
characters, Ralph Wiggum, was feeling very sad because 
none of his classmates had given him a valentine. 
Lisa Simpson had some sympathy for Ralph, so she 
gave him a card with a drawing of a train. The 
valentine read, I choo-choo-choose you. Ralph 
was very moved by that and thought Lisa was in 
love with him. But Lisa wasnt in love with 
Ralph; she just wanted to be kind. 
   Lisas valentine would make a great 
theological statement: God choo-choo-chooses you. He 
did, and He does. But He didnt choose you out 
of sympathy; He chose you out of His love for 
   In the Book of Jeremiah God says, I 
have loved you with an everlasting love; 
therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you 
(31:3 NKJV). God personally chose and loved you as 
though you were the only person on earth. Jesus 
said, You did not choose Me, but I chose you 
and appointed you that you should go and bear 
fruit (John 15:16 NKJV). 
   God showed His love toward us in a 
tangible way. Romans 5:8 says, But God 
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we 
were still sinners, Christ died for us (NKJV). 
And John 3:16 says, For God so loved the 
world that He gave His only begotten Son 
   No matter what youre going through, 
nothing will ever separate you from Gods love. 
Nothing will ever stop God from loving you. Romans 
8:38"39 tells us, Neither death nor life, nor 
angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things 
present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, 
nor any other created thing, shall be able to 
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ 
Jesus our Lord (NKJV). God loves you. [By Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Unfailing Love
   But I trust in your unfailing love; my 
heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5 
   Unfailing love is a key feature of God's 
character. The Hebrew word translated as unfailing love 
reflects an enduring commitment because of a personal 
relationship. God's love doesn't come and go on the whims 
of emotion. It is reliable. Also, he expresses 
it through action, not just words. God 
constantly treats us with unfailing love, and he will 
never fail to do so.  
   He wants us to depend on his unfailing 
love. Our hope rests not on our own strength but 
on his reliable, committed care for us. When we 
call out to him to deliver us, we can expect a 
response because of his loving nature. When we have 
setbacks and fail to perform as well as we'd like, 
his love yet again doesn't waver. He who 
demonstrated his unfailing love on the cross will 
certainly stand with us as we seek to grow in faith. 
   God's love endures forever; it is 
faithful, true, and sure. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day 

More Solid Than Mountains
   Even if the mountains walk away and the 
hills fall to pieces, my love won't walk away from 
you. Isaiah 54:10 MSG 
   Do you find it hard to believe the depth 
of God's love? If it's hard for you to reach 
out in love to other people, it may be that you 
are not secure in knowing that you are 
unconditionally loved. If you are secure in God's love for 
you, his acceptance can help you handle the 
imperfect ways of other people. You can concentrate on 
loving them and not worry too much if they don't 
make you feel deeply loved in return.  
   Meditate on this truth: God's love for 
you is more solid than a mountain. Mountains are 
slowly worn down by rain, wind, sun, and snow, but 
nothing wears down God's love. No earthquake will 
shake his love. Nothing bad you've done, no 
personality quirk or limitation of yours can undermine 
his absolute delight in you just the way you 
are. Let his love enrich your life and the lives 
of those around you. 
   Picture a mountain. God's love for you is 
much taller and wider, and he promises that his 
love will never fail. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day 


   I love you with an everlasting Love, 
which flows out from the depths of eternity. 
Before you were born, I knew you. Ponder the 
awesome mystery of a Love that encompasses you from 
before birth to beyond the grave.   
   Modern man has lost the perspective of 
eternity. To distract himself from the gaping jaws of 
death, he engages in ceaseless activity and 
amusement. The practice of being still in My Presence 
is almost a lost art, yet it is this very 
stillness that enables you to experience My eternal 
Love. You need the certainty of My loving Presence 
in order to weather the storms of life. During 
times of severe testing, even the best theology 
can fail you if it isn't accompanied by 
experiential knowledge of Me. The ultimate protection 
against sinking during life's storms is devoting 
time to develop your friendship with Me. (Jer. 
31:3; Lam. 3:22-26) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   I love you with an everlasting Love. The 
human mind cannot comprehend My constancy. Your 
emotions flicker and falter in the face of varying 
circumstances, and you tend to project your fickle feelings 
onto Me. Thus, you do not benefit fully from My 
unfailing Love.  
   You need to look beyond the flux of 
circumstances and discover Me gazing lovingly back at you. 
This awareness of My Presence strengthens you, as 
you receive and respond to My Love. I am the 
same yesterday, today, and forever! Let My Love 
flow into you continually. Your need for Me is as 
constant as the outflow of My Love to you. (Jer. 
31:3; Exo. 15:13; Heb. 13:8) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Let My unfailing love be your comfort. 
Something that brings you comfort should be 
dependable, and My Love will never fail you. My soothing 
Presence is always with you, but to receive the full 
benefits of this blessing, you need to trust Me 
wholeheartedly. Comfort is not only for your blessing but 
for your empowerment. When you feel secure in My 
Love, you are strengthened - and able to do the 
things I've prepared for you to do.  
   Love and comfort go together ever so 
naturally. When a small child needs comforting, the 
best remedy is often soothing words and a gentle 
kiss. Young children instinctively turn to their 
parents in such times of need, and you do well to 
learn from their example. When you are hurting, 
come to Me for comfort. Rest in Me, My child, and 
enjoy the gentle kiss of My Presence. Listen to Me 
as I rejoice over you with singing. To benefit 
fully from My comforting words, memorize 
scriptures that will assure you of My Love. Remember: I 
love you always - with an everlasting Love. (Psa. 
119:76; Zep. 3:17; Jer. 31:3) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   I love you regardless of how well you are 
performing. Sometimes you feel uneasy, wondering if you 
are doing enough to be worthy of My Love. No 
matter how exemplary your behavior, the answer to 
that question will always be no. Your performance 
and My Love are totally different issues, which 
you need to sort out. I love you with an 
everlasting Love that flows out from eternity without 
limits or conditions. I have clothed you in My robe 
of righteousness, and this is an eternal 
transaction: Nothing and no one can reverse it. 
Therefore, your accomplishment as a Christian has no 
bearing on My Love for you. Even your ability to 
assess how well you are doing on a given day is 
flawed. Your limited human perspective and the 
condition of your body, with its mercurial variations, 
distort your evaluations.  
   Bring your performance anxiety to Me, and 
receive in its place My unfailing Love. Try to stay 
conscious of My loving Presence with you in all that 
you do, and I will direct your steps. (Jer. 
31:3; Isa. 61:10; Psa. 31:16; 107:8) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

I am nearer than you think, richly present 
in all your moments. You are connected to Me by 
Love-bonds that nothing can sever. However, you may 
sometimes feel alone, because your union with Me is 
invisible. Ask Me to open your eyes, so that you can 
find Me everywhere. The more aware you are of My 
Presence, the safer you feel. This is not some sort of 
escape from reality; it is tuning in to ultimate 
reality. I am far more Real than the world you can 
see, hear, and touch. Faith is the confirmation 
of things we do not see and the conviction of 
their reality, perceiving as real fact what is not 
revealed to the senses. (Acts 17:27, 28; Heb. 11:1) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Walk with Me in close, trusting 
Love-bonds of joyful dependence. The companionship I 
offer you sparkles with precious promises from the 
Bible. I love you with perfect, everlasting Love. I 
am always with you - every nanosecond of your 
life. I know everything about you, and I have 
already paid the penalty for all your sins. Your 
inheritance - kept in heaven for you - can never perish, 
spoil, or fade. I guide you through your life, and 
afterward I will take you into Glory! 
   Dependence is an inescapable trait of the 
human condition. Many people despise their 
neediness and work hard to create the illusion of 
self-sufficiency in their lives. However, I designed you to 
need Me constantly and to be joyful about your 
reliance on Me. Recognizing and accepting your 
dependence increases your awareness of My loving 
Presence. This draws you closer to Me and helps you 
enjoy My company. 
   I invite you to commune with Me, your 
devoted Companion, in more and more of your moments. 
Walk joyfully with Me along the pathway of your 
life. (Jer. 31:3; 1Pe. 1:3, 4; Psa. 73:24) [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 

   Relax in My Presence, knowing that 
nothing can separate you from My Love. The 
worst-case scenario in your life - that I might stop 
loving you - is not even in the realm of 
possibility. So rejoice that you dont have to perform 
well enough to earn My Love, or to keep it. This 
Love is pure gift, flowing out of My own perfect 
righteousness. It secures your connection to Me - your 
Savior - for all eternity. 
   Since the worst thing imaginable is not 
possible, you can relax and live more abundantly. When 
things are going well in your life, I want you to 
enjoy those good times fully - without worrying 
about what is on the road ahead. When you are 
facing tough times, I will help you and strengthen 
you with My Love. Even though you live in a 
world where trouble is inescapable, you can be of 
good cheer because I have overcome the world! 
(Rom. 8:39; John 10:10; 16:31) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   I am the Gift that continuously gives ~ 
bounteously, with no strings attached. Unconditional Love 
is such a radical concept that even My most 
devoted followers fail to grasp it fully. Absolutely 
nothing in heaven or on earth can cause Me to stop 
loving you. You may feel more loved when you are 
performing according to your expectations. But My Love 
for you is perfect; therefore it is not subject 
to variation. What does vary is your awareness 
of My loving Presence. 
   When you are dissatisfied with your 
behavior, you tend to feel unworthy of My Love. You 
may unconsciously punish yourself by withdrawing 
from Me and attributing the distance between us 
to My displeasure. Instead of returning to Me 
and receiving My Love, you attempt to earn My 
approval by trying harder. All the while, I am aching 
to hold you in My everlasting arms, to enfold 
you in My Love. When you are feeling unworthy or 
unloved, come to Me. Then ask for receptivity to My 
unfailing Love. (1 John 4:15-18; Deu. 33:27; Psa. 
13:5) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Jeremiah 31:3: Comprehending the Love of 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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