Nothing is more common to the human experience than change. Babies grow into adulthood; the young become older; seasons change but our God remains the same. James 1:17-18 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” In times of trial or success we depend on Christ. Romans 5:2-5, “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” With God's love we can not only love him, but we can love ourselves and each other. Keep pressing on and expect God’s best in the new year. Be encouraged!
I’m realizing more each day that God’s love for us is deeper and wider than we can even begin to see. I’ve spent my life thinking I had some idea of how much He loves, but I’ve recently had the revelation that it’ll take a lifetime before I even scratch the surface. Love here on Earth is so beautiful, but can be so fragile. I'm amazed when I think of God’s perfect love. Love that never walks away when things get uncomfortable. Love that sees all, knows all, and yet never changes its mind. He never decides He needs space or time to reconsider His feelings, never holds grudges. He doesn’t hold back His love for fear of being rejected. His love for us is unashamed. He gave everything just to know us face to face. Wherever you find yourself today, remember that it is finished. The love of Jesus has broken every sin and every lie. From Our Father’s unrelenting love we have found freedom. Rejoice! For you are loved beyond human understanding-fully loved, just as you are. “His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us.”—Ephesians 5:2 (MSG).