Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. -Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
Although the text in Jeremiah is clearly referring to the people of Israel, we can derive the same satisfaction from the promise of God’s love that they were entitled to because of our relationship with Jesus Christ and adoption into His family.
Like everyone else, I have on more than one occasion let down the people I love and who love me, whether a spouse, parent, friend or other loved one. Usually, the reason can be traced back to selfishness. I often am only thinking of myself and what’s best for me, giving no regard to how my actions may affect others. Are you often guilty of the same? I suspect, if you are honest before God, you can only [sadly] answer yes. Such is our state of being in the flesh. Thanks to the guidance and strength that comes with the convicting presence of the Holy Spirit, we are on a path toward sanctification.