As Jeanne shared earlier in the week, the Lord’s love is certain. His love for us is displayed in so many ways. For Jeanne, it became apparent that God’s love for her was complete, even through infertility. So complete, in fact, that His love for others never competes with His love for her.
One of the aspects of His love that Jeanne highlights is kindness. The Lord’s loving-kindness is precious. It’s here that we find His love for us changing our lives with the joy and comfort of living and active relationship.
“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’”
Also translated as God’s own covenant-loyalty, favor, or affection, His loving-kindness has specific qualities.
It is His loving-kindness that ensures that what He says, He will do.
…That the character of God, which is so inviting, is sincere and fulfilling.
His loving-kindness is what welcomes us without fail, always unconditionally and joyfully.
Certainly there are times that He seems far off and we seem unlovable and unworthy of returning to Him. There are times in which we look around us and it seems He is loving, but more so towards others than us.
Praise the Lord that is not the truth.
His loving-kindness offers us assurance. Like the father of the prodigal son He described, or like Christ giving incredible power to the friends who had abandoned Him before He rose again, we know that the Lord is one whose eagerness to love and delight in His children does not change.
His kind-hearted loyalty to each of us His loved ones is the same because His covenant with each of us is the same: by the blood of Christ, we are His children.
Savor the sweetness of this word from His Word. As the verse says, we are drawn by this loving-kindness.
Come with that sigh of relief and that silly grin-
You are loved by a kind God. Perfectly. Eternally. Right now. Right here.
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