You live very alert to the dynamics in your relationships, whether they are platonic or intimate, and are aware of when things shift.
You’re aware at the restaurant when they keep circling around you at the end of your meal—they need the table and they’re ready for you to go.
You’re aware when you stay at someone’s home and it seems like you have overstayed your welcome. There’s a shift in the atmosphere.
And you’re aware when you’ve overstayed your welcome in friendships, when a friend no longer offers the grace or the space in their lives that they used to.
And so you live life sort of always with your senses up, ready to recognize when what you’ve been blessed with for a time—is wrapping up. It’s the reason for the adage “all good things must come to an end.”
But if you approach Daddy God in that way, if you loop him into that ‘all,’ then when he says “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” you can’t wrap your mind around that because you’ve met people—who are full of it. People, some sincere, who promised the same, but try as they might, couldn’t deliver.
They love you when it’s easy, fun and convenient, but the moment you get complicated, loving you gets old, and they pull back. But you take some comfort in the ability to read the signs indicating things are changing, so you can make a shift and protect your heart.
Great theory for people you can see, but you can’t see God. So when he speaks of an everlasting love you’re like okaaaay, but deep down somewhere you’re still scanning, trying to figure out how can you tell if his love really holds up.
How will you know if he ever finds loving you more trouble than it’s worth?
And the beauty of Jesus is he delivered on his promise up front because the Cross settles the matter. It is the penultimate exclamation point on the matter of love because in John 15: 13 he said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
He loved you so definitively upfront to silence the doubt because God can’t undo the cross, so He can’t “unlove” you (yep, unlove is not a word—totally made it up).
Him dying in your place, for your benefit, is the absolute expression of the greatest love there is—and it is forever.
And while somebody may come along and say in the words of Prince “I would die for you,” the truth is they wouldn’t. Even if they could—even if they would—it wouldn’t have the import in your life or have the transformational and eternal effects that Jesus’ death on the cross for you does.
So then, you wrestle with the question—what if his love wanes?
Think about marriage, the passion and intensity of love at the beginning that inevitably dwindles in even with the most dynamic marriages. After a while, you have another version of marriage you may come to equally appreciate, but it’s a shift from before.
Jesus is committed to loving you. Cool. But what if it diminishes somehow? What if all your issues get real old and one day he doesn’t love you as much as he did before? And to that he answers from Ephesians 3, assuring you his love is inexhaustible.
You can’t come to the end of it. It goes infinitely in every direction. You can go as high as you want, feel as low as you want, and go around in circles, but you won’t find the exit. There’s no way you can fall out of his love or fall away from it.
And so not only is his love inescapable, the Lord pursues you with it. I love Psalm 23: 6, where King David speaks of the Lord’s goodness and mercy—his practical expressions of love, today. Because while the cross settled his commitment to you, in the day-to-day of your life, he still does the equivalent of chocolate and flowers in a better, more meaningful way.
Jesus keeps moving toward you, giving daily examples of his care and concern for what concerns you, restoring your soul, refreshing your spirit.
The answered prayer, the timely call from a friend, the arrival of unexpected money for an unexpected bill, peace amid chaos, favor with your boss. He promises his goodness and mercy will follow you. And that term ‘follow you’ has been translated too gently. It actually means hunt…you…down. He is relentless!
There’s a passion to his love. The same kind of passion of a new romantic love, though the intensity will never wane, never lessen. Out of his love for you, he pursues you. The Lord hunts you down to be good to you and to show you mercy.
Because you can’t even love him back the way he loves you. And maybe that’s the issue? Maybe it’s the idea that even if you know how much he loves you, you know that in your heart of hearts, even loving him with all your strength, it will never equate to his love for you. And you wonder, will that be enough for Jesus? Will he tire of you? Will he pull back because he’s giving more than he’s getting?
My friend, Psalms 23 verse 6 says, “Oh no no, I don’t get tired. I’m going to hunt you down with my goodness and mercy all the days of your life. Every day. Years on years years.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, will get me off your scent (my paraphrase).”
And since, your life is not confined to your body’s time clock, your spirit will live after this. If you named Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you live eternity with him knowing the experience of being hunted down. And there’s no hiding, no getting away from his pursuit. Why?
Because he loves you.
How do you know? Because he already died in your place for the sins you have and will commit, then got up and pulled you up so you could live your life hidden in his, and receive his love, his righteousness and the relentless pursuit of his goodness for the rest of your days.
My Lord! You are full of it for sure, Lord, in the best, most excellent and purest way. And for that—I am forever grateful. How about you, my friend?
I’m rooting for you!
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