It was Father’s Day. A day that celebrates the gift of a father and gives opportunity for the offspring to extend the gift of gratitude in return. Our middle son seized the moment to express thanks to his dad with this note and a $5 bill in companion. A gift of love from the heart of a 9-year-old son.
Gift giving can spring up from the desire to express love. Giving out of love and giving to the ones you love. Love gifts.
Our God is no different. He naturally extends beautiful gifts to you and to me from the center of His massive love.
His ultimate gift was in the giving of His son Jesus for our sins. The Ultimate. Period. ‘Nuff said.
And in abundant generosity, He also lavishes many more gifts as we cultivate an ongoing relationship with Him.
- A relationship that is rooted in a strong and mighty promise.
- A promise that flourishes with gifts.
- Gifts that are given from a heart of persevering love.
In Hosea 2:19-20, “I will betroth” is used 3 times!
I will betroth you to Me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
in love and compassion.
I will betroth you in faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the Lord.
To betroth was to promise to marry. Similar to our engagement period today except that betrothal could only be broken through death or divorce. So it was a serious and permanent promise.
Do you see the love gifts dispersed through the promise? I see 6…and one by one we will unwrap ’em.
For today, let’s unwrap….
Forever. What things in our lives are forever? Nothing really. We all will die eventually. Our stuff will rot and disintegrate. But His persevering love is promised forever and ever and ever and ever to me. There is no end to His love.
There is such security in forever.
Such acceptance when you are confident that God’s love won’t walk out the door or wag a finger or turn a cold shoulder or expire.
Such freedom knowing that complete exposure brings complete and absolute love. God’s forever love provides a release from performance and obligation and all the “shoulds” that stack up in your brain.
So, during the holiday season of gift-giving, may you and I treasure God’s gift of forever love.
May we become so resolved in His love that our faith will not falter…
so secure in His promise that we have room to become all that He created us to be…
so confident in His acceptance that we don’t look to others for approval.
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