Jeremiah 31:3  The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

Perhaps one of the hardest things about love and loving is to love unconditionally. If a friend is kind, it's easy to return the favor. If a child is obedient and respectful, it's easy to show love. If a spouse treats us with affection and consideration, it's easy to do likewise.

But God's love is unconditional. Jeremiah says it's also everlasting. It depends on Him and His faithfulness, not on whether we deserve it or respond in kind. For if that were the case, we would have no comfort and no hope.

Even before earth's frame was laid, we were the objects of God's love. He sought us when we didn't even know to look for Him. He draws us to Him with the loving-kindness of the Gosp[el, the sweet message of salvation in His Son. It is God's loving-kindness, His mercy, that most completely defines His nature. For everything that He is and does is shaped and determined by His love for His creation.

When He disciplines and chastens His children, it is always within the context of that love. His goal is restoration, never destruction or revenge.

God's loving-kindness is gentle and pure, yet it also has great power. It has the power to draw us to Him, to keep us in His grace, and to overcome the evil the world would have us follow, until that day when we live forever in His everlasting love.
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