“Higher than the mountains that I face. Stronger than the power of the grave. Constant through the trials and the change. One thing remains. Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me. Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me. Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me. Because on and on, and on, and on it goes. It overwhelms and satisfies my soul and I never ever have to be afraid. One thing remains. In death, in life, I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love. My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love.” These are lyrics to “One Thing Remains”, by Jesus Culture. As we share love this Valentine’s Day week, let’s envelop ourselves in the One who created love and who is love through and through.
There is one thing that remains constant in this world, God’s love. Even before the world began, God had us on His mind. It’s crazy to think that God loved us before He created us and that He knew us personally! Our finite minds cannot fully comprehend His kind of love. Wouldn’t it be great if we could? I believe we would live differently, much differently.
1. We would grasp that His love is unconditional. Psalm 25:10 says, “The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep His covenant and obey His commands.” The Bible gives an analogy of the relationship between God and people. Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. Sheep wander. We wander, yet despite our meandering ways, Christ patiently waits and says, “Come”, as He opens His arms and receives us. His love is not deterred by any blemish or discoloration that we carry around. He never turns away from a person who looks to Him, ever.
2. We would understand that His love is for everyone who wants it. Charles Spurgeon once said, “It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money and without price!” His love is a come-as-you-are invitation. He loved the world, John 3:16, and even in our sins God sent His Son to die for us, Romans 5:8. Like I have mentioned before, His love is risky. God went all the way by offering His Son so we, who deserve to be forever separated from Him, can become friends with the most High God! Yet, He leaves it up to us to decide if we want His love or not.
3. We would live with an eternal perspective knowing that His love goes beyond the grave. Christ vanquished death! This is what makes Him the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is why history is His Story and we live by a calendar based on His birth and death. His resurrection opens the door for man to correspond with God personally; see Matthew 27:50-53, John 14:6 and Hebrews 4:16. Another quote from Charles Spurgeon is fitting, “The Lord Jesus upon Calvary routed every foe, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by His finished work of satisfactory obedience; by His triumphant resurrection and ascension He completely overturned the hopes of hell, leading captivity captive, making a show of our enemies openly and triumphing over them by His cross.” We would hold on to our worldly possessions very differently if we fully grasped what took place in the spiritual realm. We would keep different priorities if we could view the battles waged for our souls in the unseen world. We forget that this exists and is very real.
4. We would value His love for we would understand that it is the foundation of truth. “Building truth within helps establish rest in the heart. Truth frees, builds up, nourishes, strengthens, quickens, heals, restores, gladdens, calms, saves and lightens. Truth renews the mind, quickens the understanding and takes every though captive. We need truth. Opposite of truth are lies. Lies are enemies that seek to bring confusion, distress, defeat, unrest. They are binding, will tear down, poison, weaken, kill, infect, rob, depress, condemn, darken and cause trouble.” This was taken from Never Forgotten Always Loved calendar by DaySpring. What a difference between truth and lies, isn’t there? It is good to remember that our enemy is the father of lies, see John 8:44. If he is a liar, then who do we need to be following? It is a matter of life and death for each of us.
5. We would embrace His love for we would come to know that He is merciful, kind and gracious. Lamentations 3:21-26 says, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is thy faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!’ The LORD is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.” How would our days be spent if we truly understood His amazing love?
When all is said and done, when Jesus returns to reestablish a new heaven and earth, what will be left? His love, His presence, His faithful children who endured, nothing more, nothing less. Let His Love guide you from this moment on.