Now With Everlasting Prescription Strength

“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’”  –Jeremiah 31: 3 {NASB ‘77}

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December is now upon us and the year 2012 will soon be drawing to a close.  It is dismaying how quickly another year passes before our eyes, is filled with memory markers (those that are grand & those that are painful), and then gets store in the shelf of the past in our hearts & minds.  We cherish all of these things because in them life and love is found.  In them we see the grace of God poured over our lives in form of the redemption from our sins through salvation in Jesus Christ.  We also behold this grace as we “Count Our Blessings” and ask God “Why Me?”  These are such a great joy even if they come from sadness.   “Why,” you may ask?

It is because none of us are immune to these moments for the good times and the bad.  All of us face those “Why Me?” moments when we go through our lives.  Job faced the darkest of these times more than any other ordinary man we see in the scriptures.  How did he face his “why me” moment?  His lips uttered these words when he found life and others questioning his decisions. “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)

The Bible is full of these examples of the faith.  Many of these kept their faith secure because they never lost sight of the love that God had lavished upon them.  As the church God loves us because we are His people.  But the love of God is not limited alone to us because Jesus Christ has revealed His love to the entire world through His gift of Himself on the cross & the resurrection.  (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8)

This covenant full of love has been given to us with ”everlasting” prescription strength.  How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, God!  This love unites us as family.  This love brings great expectation toward the possibilities of God amongst His people.  This love can bring great rescue to those lost, blind, and perishing in sin.  And just think about it…this covenant of love has been given to us.  We didn’t earn this love from God; it was His to give to us.   And this covenant of love has been given to us as Immanuel, God with us.  This covenant of love never let’s us go because indeed, it has “everlasting” prescription strength.

Let this love take hold of us as His blessed Gift as we take hold of Him with each other.  Let this love that is the Gospe{L}ived motivate everything we do as God’s church and seek Him together in this covenant relationship.  Let us be assured of this love that never fails.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”

-Romans 8:38-39  {NASB ‘77}

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