“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3
The people of God were in captivity in Babylon, but God assured them that they were coming out. They had been there for close to 17 years but God said to them that they will still go back to their country. In Jeremiah 31:3; God said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love”. Do you know what that means? That means there is nothing you do that would stop God from loving you. God may not like what you did, but that does not stop Him from loving you.
When we are talking about the love of God; understand that it is not the love that says, “If you do this, then, I will love you.” No! The Lord says; I love you just the way you are and I want to help you, I want to make you happy, I want to change your life, I want to heal you and I want to deliver you. God’s love is such that He wants to go beyond Himself and do something. It is love that gives.
Understand that at the time God was speaking, Jerusalem had been ravaged. Israel had been destroyed by Babylon. They were scattered all over the place. God came to the captives; He said, listen, I love you with the everlasting love. And let me give you information you don’t know. He said: you see that place you left, you are going back there. It will still be inhabited. You will still hear sounds of joy in that place. There will be merriments in that place, and you will plant vines and will eat of them. In other words, don’t say your end has come. The fact that I have loved you is an indication that I will go beyond myself. I will do that which no one has done. I have loved you with an everlasting love.
Further Reading: Jeremiah 31:1-14, Romans 8:31-39
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 1-3; Evening- John 5:25-47