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God's Eternal Love

“What does the word ‘forever’ mean? It is similar to the word, ‘eternal,’ a bible word which means never-ending and timeless.” Worldly ideas of “eternal” love (such as marriage) is nothing compared to the fullness of God’s love. Consider the following verse, “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NRSV). God’s action is unique – sending his own son, Jesus, to die for us when we least deserved it. God’s eternal love gave us Jesus and gives us the chance to have a relationship with him in heaven for all eternity. No one else on earth can give us this kind of love, because God created everything and is not limited by time.

Ephesians 3:17b-19 states, “…and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” A tree’s roots continue reaching deeper and wider into the ground as its limbs grow taller and stronger. When we actively seek love as our foundation, our faith grows stronger because we better understand the power and fullness of God’s love. It takes serious effort and energy to truly love others, but God promises we will understand more about his eternal love through the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we obediently serve him.

The bible states, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” {John 10:27-30, NRSV). God gives us the following promises through Jesus’ words - God knows us, gives eternal life, says we’ll never perish, and he won’t let anyone “snatch” us from his hand.

As we review the verses above, we understand God’s eternal love for us, we never have to doubt his promises or purposes for our lives. It is important to share the truth of God’s eternal love with others.

God’s eternal love is the greatest love we can ever know. When we accept his gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and allow him to teach us new things through our obedience, then we will understand more about God’s forever love.