The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3
Many years ago, when I was a young wife and mother, I sat down one day with my Bible and journal as I listened to Elisabeth Elliot speak on a Christian radio program. I was eager to take notes and learn more from a godly woman about the ways of the Lord and how to live the Christian life. She opened her program in that deep voice of hers and said, “You are loved with an everlasting love.”
I wrote those words at the top of the page, and then I took diligent notes from her teaching that morning.
You are loved with an everlasting love.
The next day, I pulled out my journal and turned to the notes from the previous day as I began to listen to her program for the second time. I was surprised when she said those same stirring words at the beginning: “You are loved with an everlasting love.” I wrote them down again. The next day, after I had heard her repeat the same words for a third morning in a row, I realized it must be her regular opening for her program every day, from the verse Jeremiah 31:3.
I cherished that reminder every day of the qualities of God’s everlasting love for us—unconditional, never failing, enduring, and full of compassion. Elisabeth Elliot understood the value in those words. As her gift to her listening audience, she proclaimed this great love God has for us in every one of her radio programs.
How thankful I am to know I am loved with his everlasting love. That love washes over me and fills me up every single day of my life.
Today, let me be the one to tell you … You are loved with an everlasting love.
Everlasting Love is an Excerpt from First Breath of Morning, Chapter Three: Deep Abiding Love
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