Have you ever been in a place where what you were learning was overwhelming? It’s been that way with these “God Is” posts. The Almighty God is so different from us.
I haven’t stopped digging into His names, but I’ve been stuck on the faithfulness of God. And I found this phrase written in Psalm 89 about His grace: Grace is built to last forever. I’m not sure I fully comprehend God’s grace. The words translated as grace include other meanings, such as faithful love, unfailing love, mercy, loving kindness, steadfast love, loyal love. There’s a strength in this kind of love. It’s not wimpy or just a warm feeling. This love is a decision to stand with – in hard times and easy, come joyful circumstances or painful situations. Love that is loyal and strong like this is overwhelming. And it is who God is.
The Apostle Paul writes about this kind of love when he says: Love is patient, and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no wrongs. Love does not gloat over other people’s sins, but takes its delight in the truth. Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13)
His love is permanent. It’s beginning and ending are veiled from our sight. It was built to last forever.
His grace, His love for you is permanent. It’s beginning and ending are veiled from your sight. Make no mistake though, it doesn’t disappear once it’s over the horizon. It’s as strong now as it was when He first decided to love you. It will never been any weaker than it was when He welcomed you into His heart. His love and His grace are built to last forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am overwhelmed by this thought. How could You love me – with all my flaws and weaknesses? – given all the times I’ve run from you and gone my own way? How can You keep loving me? I don’t understand and I probably never will in this life, but I’m grateful. Let my love reflect Your love for me and help me share that kind of love to those around me.