October 13, 2010

His Love Is Everlasting

Psalm 118:1-7, 28-29

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved … put on love.
Colossians 3:12-14


We are privileged to know many wonderful things about God. God is the almighty creator (Genesis 1-2); God is majestic and glorious (see Psalm 97); God is eternal, immortal, and invisible (1 Timothy 1:17).

The Lord is also a personal God with deep feelings: he hears the groaning of his oppressed people and becomes so concerned that he sets out to deliver them. God is compassionate, and he gets angry at injustice.

But one thing about God stands out beyond all others: love.

God’s love is steadfast; it “endures forever.” God’s love is unfailing; it keeps coming back even when we reject it and seem to extinguish it with our sins.

We can see God’s love powerfully expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who reveals the very nature of God.

“God is love,” says 1 John 4:16.

God’s creative, strong, rescuing, self-giving love describes who God is and shows that his love stands at the center of reality.

God’s love is therefore also at the center of our lives, shaping us, restoring us, being the source of all we think, say, and do.

May the strong love of God comfort you, shape you, and guide you today.

Powerful, majestic God, out of love you created us, in love you saved us, and with your love you want us to live. May that be our desire each day. Amen.

About the author — Harvey Stob

Rev. Harvey Stob and his wife, Audrey, served as missionaries in Argentina for eleven years. They then served churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harvey retired from full-time pastoral work in 2009. He and Audrey have three children and seven grandchildren.

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