Monday, January 31, 2011

Mental Vitamins: Infallible Love

“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
-C.S. Lewis

I came across this quote by the wise and talented, C.S. Lewis and it went straight to my heart. We live in such a fickle world where you can be head over heels one day and loathsome or indifferent the next. We misuse and overuse the word love. We attribute love to inanimate objects or are quick to say "I love you" only to discard the relationship a few weeks, months or even years later. Often our "love" for one another changes as quickly as the seasons. But love - God's love - is constant, unchanging, everlasting. It's hard for us to fathom it because we have never seen it in other people or even in ourselves. And because we have never witnessed this one-of-a-kind love, it is difficult to wrap our heads around the concept that God is capable of this kind of love and more significantly incapable of not loving us. Truth is, God will never fail us or leave us and no matter what, he will always love us. This is exciting truth!

I'm sure we can all think of at least one person in our lifetime that we have disliked or even hated (that person can even be ourselves). But the amazing truth is that those people we can't stand, those people that make us angry or apathetic...those whom we label as "unlovable" - God LOVES them. God loves all of us, unconditionally and abundantly. We are selective about who we love - but not God. He loves everyone. Not everyone except "so-and-so"...He loves EVERYONE, no exceptions. I don't know about you, but I'm thankful for that. I will be the first to admit that I can be unlovable at times so I'm humbly grateful that Jesus loves even me, despite great faults.

One of my favourite bands, Sleeping At Last, has song lyrics that say "in this sea of change, understanding is our shore." I find it to mean that with all of the constant flux of life, knowing and understanding God and his love for us is our solid foundation. The One we can depend on to never change, never disappoint us, never let us go and always be there to love us and hold us together, is Christ. And in this world of constant waver...there is comfort and consistency, unlike no other, in the Lord. And the Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:39)

It's hard for us to fathom this kind of enduring love because our eyes have never seen it in ourselves or in others, but through Christ - and only through Him - can we experience and enjoy authentic, infallible love.

 “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
   I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
-Jeremiah 31:3

The Bible is full of love notes that God has given us. We should cherish them.

1 comment:

  1. God has demonstrated His love for us-sending Jesus to show us God's love, which is the more excellent way.