“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
The word endure has two meanings both are relevant when describing God’s love. The first means to remain in existence, to last. This is self-explanatory for God is eternal and unchanging. The second meaning is to suffer patiently. This is more subtle, all while he waits and watches for us to show that love back to him and forward to each other his love endures. Jesus is a perfect example of God’s enduring love in respect of this meaning.
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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13 34-35
Some things are so good you just have to share them, just like a video going viral. When something tastes really good, we want everyone around us to taste it. The Lord’s love for us is so good, we shouldn’t need telling to share it. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Pass it on!
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3 17-18
Valentine’s day is coming up, A time to let someone know how much you love them or that you are secretly in love with them. The Lord’s love for you is no secret, he demonstrated it by going to the cross for you. How much does he love you? If only you had the power to grasp how much!
Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
The times are difficult to say the least. All that we have been used to has changed. Our work, relational and emotional landscapes have been shaken and to some extent changed forever. But have peace, the unshakeable, unchangeable love of the Lord for you endures through all this. Devine love breaks your chains, dries your tears and heals your heart.
Uncertainty – one could call it a secondary symptom of the pandemic! The news is full of calls for certainty that can’t be answered – when will the schools re-open, when will we get back to normal, will we ever get back to normal. And into our individual lives – will my job survive, how will we cope.
We might seek re-assurance from thinking of those in the past – despite our present situation, we are in a better position than many, believers especially, who faced greater threats to life and comfort.
But better to remember Who has promised to be with us and has promised that we cannot be separated from His love, whatever the future may hold for us:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 8 v38-39
Hebrews 10:24-25a: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Well, we can’t generally meet together – given the present circumstances, that would not be an act of Christian love. But that doesn’t mean we can’t encourage one another. True, a phone call isn’t the same as a face-to-face meeting, and you can’t share tea and cake, but encouragement is mostly in words, after all. How about a private Zoom call? (anyone with Zoom can start a free call and send the invite link by email, text or WhatsApp etc.). And it cuts off after 40-minutes, so you don’t have to make an excuse to leave :-).
Let us love one another. (1 John 4 :7)
A new year – that should be a time of new hopes, plans, resolutions. But at least at first, it looks like being rather the same as most of 2020. Restrictions to keep ourselves and others safe. For some, great sadness at loss or more serious risks to health of body or mind.
But our hope is in God, who in the Lord Jesus came to earth and shared our sufferings. He knows what it is like. Think on that – the one who made the universe, who keeps it in being, laid it aside to be a human, born in far worse circumstances than any of us at BLCC are likely to experience, had a ministry where most of the people he was trying to reach ignored him and suffered torture and death. He understands! He understands the fear, the frustration, the grief, the uncertainty. And He promises, that come what may, we can never be separated from his love. (Rom 8 v38-39)
His love for us is so wide and so deep Ephesians 3:17-20 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
He has enough love for us each day to cover our inadequacies.
God has something new to bless us with each day. God wants us to speak to him, to sing to him and to read about him each day. He does not want us to do this for him, but he wants us to do this for us. It is us who needs him. Titus2 12-13Teaching us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
‘God has something new for us’
God reminded me of this song today “The endless love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end”. Reminding me of Gods blessings that are new every morning (Lam 3:22-24 KJ) It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.