I received my first ‘living’ word in 1999 – a verse I read which truly stood out and spoke to my heart. I cherish this verse, and find it wonderful that God chose to reveal His character first and foremost. I did not hear a message of condemnation or judgement, nor one of works or service. It was a message of reconciliation – spoken so kindly that my heart melted.
“The Lord appeared from of old to me saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” Jer 31:3
In this verse He showed me His never-ending love – it is infinite and boundless. There is nothing I can do to stop this love, I cannot mess it up or cause Him to change His mind. This love is not dependent on holy living or works achieved – it moves through all boundaries and overcomes everything.
“For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:38 – 39
It is this love that will lead the world to repentance – the revelation of God’s character (Rom 2:4).