Jeremiah 31:3 … I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. ESV
Much of human love is conditional. By that we mean that we love others – as long as they meet certain conditions. Yet the love of God is unconditional. The Bible says – “God demonstrated his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans5:8) God’s love for us is not based upon our performance, but rather upon His desire to meet our needs.
In the passage we have just read from the book of Jeremiah, we see that God told the nation of Israel that He loved them with an ‘everlasting love.’ The biblical term ‘everlasting’ runs in two directions: everlasting from the past and everlasting into the future.
God’s Love is From Everlasting Past
When did God decide to love us? Once we were lovable? Consider these words from Peter-
1 Peter 1:20 God chose him (Christ) as your ransom long before the world began… NLT
Long before God ever made the world, He planned to send His Son to be our Savior. Not only did God plan to save us, He also planned to bless us. Why would God make such a plan? Why would God create people who He knew would fail Him? The Bible says that God did so for two primary reasons:
1) God is love. (1 John 4:8, 16)
2) God wanted to bring glory to Himself for being so gracious. (Ephesians 1:6)
Exactly when God decided to love us no one knows. Some believe that there was never a time when the Son was not meant to be the Savior. If that is so, then there was never a time when God did not love us.
God’s Love is into Eternity Future
How foolish and futile it would be for God to love us up to a certain point and then decide to drop us. God’s love is everlasting:
– from the past
– in the present
– and into future.