“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” — 1 Peter 4:8
I get so mad at the children of Israel in the Bible. God had adopted them as His own. But as I flip through the pages of the Old Testament, and rest in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, the love of God is so evident. Like a father with His children, God rebukes, corrects and restores over and over again. However, the Book of Jeremiah could also be written as a breakup letter, with its talks of jealousy, unfaithfulness and running around with other gods. Jeremiah communicates the broken heart of the Lord like an epic drama unfolding on the big screen.
But in the midst of His heartache, God still leaves the door open for the rekindling of a relationship with His people and the prospect of finally winning their affections wholeheartedly. God never completely walks away, as He sends instruction, direction and promise. Now imagine this: These people have lied, disobeyed, blasphemed, been stiff-necked, hard-hearted and unrepentant, yet through it all God reminds them of His promise.
“… ‘I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:10-13).
No matter what you’ve done, God’s love is never out of reach.
— Fleceia Comeaux, NWSL’s Houston Dash co-chaplain
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