“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Some Christians imagine God as the “no-nonsense daddy” who gives His kids the “cold shoulder” or “silent treatment” when they do something wrong. But God isn’t that way. He doesn’t withdraw His love or break fellowship with you because you sinned. Rather, when you err, He even seeks to get your attention, to help you and correct you. At such times He draws your attention to His Word to guide you out of error unto repentance. He knows you’re maturing in the Kingdom life, hence He expects you to keep learning His Word and growing, till you come to maturity.

The Father’s love for you is too strong and immeasurable for Him to withdraw from you for doing something wrong. Romans 2:4 lets us know that it’s the goodness of God that leads men to repentance; not His judgment. He visited His anger and judgment on the children of Israel in the Old Testament, yet they couldn’t keep His Word. But in our case, He won us over by His love. No wonder He said in our opening scripture “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.”

In John 14:16 Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” Also, in Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, “… lo, I am with you always.” The Father’s presence, love, grace, tender mercies, and compassion abides in you and with you forever. Therefore be persuaded that He loves you more than life, and nothing can separate you from His love: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

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