“You are a people holy to the Lord your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:6-9
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you… My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him.” Jeremiah 31:3
Much is mentioned about the worth of a life these days. The pre-born, the elderly, minorities, majorities, ‘likes’ and ‘cancels’ and ‘babies on board,’– fallen man confuses labels with value and neglects God’s truth about love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another… God is love.” Grasping this deep love of Jesus establishes our faith’s foundation and our relationship to Him and others. (1 John 4:7-11,16)
John described himself as “the one whom Jesus loved.” He knew the extent of that love as recipient of its lavish expression, and in witnessing His innocent death on his behalf. He wrote from first-hand knowledge. (John 13:1-5,23; 19:26-27)
Are we as overwhelmed as he, that God would set Hs affection upon us, and pursue us to salvation? That He would lovingly sacrifice His life to wash our hearts, and give us individual purpose? This is an amazing love which envelops us forever. Insecurity lurks and pesters because of horizontal cursory comparisons and superficial evaluations. How can we communicate and behave differently to show others their intrinsic worth as God’s image-bearers? How can we display His unconditional, covenant love? (Genesis 1:26-28)
“My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.” ~Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920)
Lord, it is enough, and the highest esteem, that You created and died for Your people. May I treat others as beloved, by You and by me. May they see You and be drawn irretrievably by Your pursuing affection.