Case in point. While visiting with my family recently, I helped my mother begin the long process of cleaning out her attic. One of the things we found was her childhood journal. On several occasions, she had written, “January 2. I started liking John Jones.” But wait. That sentence is crossed out, and underneath it said, “Not no more. January 10.” We found countless inserts like this throughout her precious keepsake.
This is a humorous example of our fleeting interests and emotions. However, not an example that should pass us by without a second thought.
Psalm 100:5 says:
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Love is a communicable attribute of God, which means we share in this attribute. For clarity’s sake, incommunicable attributes are those which humans cannot share. An example of an incommunicable attribute is God’s omnipresence.
God’s love means that God eternally gives himself to others. It is part of God’s very nature to give of himself for the good and blessing of others. Unlike us with our fleeting desires and emotions, God truly does love us with a forever sort of love. He doesn’t write in the book of life, “I love Leigh Ann forever,” and then come back and say, “Not no more.”
God’s love is so forever and self-giving that He was willing to send His one and only son to the cross. To die for our sins. To win us back to himself. Because of this forever kind of love, I shall not die, but have everlasting fellowship with the Father through faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone.
Isn’t that comforting?
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~ 1 John 4:9-10
My question for you is …
Are you resting in the assurance of God’s love for you today? Are you more aware of the Cross and what was accomplished there, or are you more aware of your sins?
My friends, may today be a day that you say, “Not no more” to the doubts that rise up in your mind when you ponder God’s love for you. Merely look at the outstretched arms hanging on the Cross to know God’s forever love.
“But all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them…You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children — with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” ~ The Jesus Storybook Bible