God has unfailing (without error or fault, reliable or constant) love for us. How awesome is that? Unfailing love is mentioned 18 times, that I could find, in God’s word. I’m going to read & mediate on all 18 verses, beginning with Proverbs 19:22 “What a man desires is unfailing love…” We all have that desire, to have reliable, constant love that is without error. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get that kind of love from our spouses, children, parents, even friends? If God had given us perfect love in our human relationships then we wouldn’t need Him to fulfill that area of our life. When we try to give others unfailing love, or depend on others to give it to us, it backfires on us. Many times we lose those bonds/relationships because we are giving a role that ONLY God can play to someone else. God is a jealous God (Ex 20:5). He loves us & He wants our relationships to thrive, grow & multiply, however, He wants to be #1 & He will be one way or another.
When we place others in front of God we are denying ourselves of perfect love & of relationships w/ people we care about. “Well, how am I placing someone in front of God?” Simple, you’re giving them His time, His place & His desired love. We are all guilty of this, whether it be w/ our kids, friends, spouses etc. Some of us even do this w/ our job or hobbies. We give way more time to that “thing”, that thing we wouldn’t have if God hadn’t blessed us w/ it or the talents/skills to do it. Now, I’m not saying to neglect everyone & everything in your life, that is not what God expects. He expects things to be done in order. Order is very important to God. He is FIRST. Start your day w/ Him. No excuses. He gave you the breath in your body, you can give Him the first few minutes of your day. That’s right, it doesn’t have to be long. God understands our lives, He gave them to us. He knows we have jobs, families, school, hobbies etc. He gave us all of those things so we would be able to enjoy life, be thankful & one way of showing your thankfulness is to keep Him priority. Just as He gave you those things, He can take them away. So, if nothing else, in the morning before you start your day, tell God “Good morning, Father, & thank you for this day. I love you & I look forward to what you have in store for me & my household.” That simple. We can talk to God all throughout the day, but give Him your first, give Him your best. He gave His best. He gave His all & He gave it freely with no strings attached. Give Him a relationship with you. Relationships require effort, time & love, your relationship with God is not exempt from those things, as a matter of fact it requires more of each. We should strive to put a smile on God’s face, just as we would any of our loved ones & just as He would & does for us, daily. There’s plenty out there breaking His heart so give God a little (literally) back of what He gives us everyday.
Unfailing love is a precious (of great value, not to be treated carelessly) gift, only God can give it. Stop seeking it in man & allow God to bless you w/ it. Here’s a small piece of the beauty in it, we don’t have to turn cartwheels, beg or manipulate Him for it. He freely gives it & all we have to do is accept it. When we accept the gift of God’s love we can watch it flow, almost effortlessly, into our other relationships as we learn to love like Him. (Something about being filled w/ the love of God!!! PURE AWESOMENESS).
Ok, time for me to land this plane. When we line up w/ God’s word, meaning follow His commandments & the model Jesus (not man) set for us, we can rest assured that it will go well w/ us all the days of our lives (Deut. 4:40) & here’s the thing, even if/when we don’t always line up w/ His word, or show Jesus in our everyday encounters, He SILL loves us, unfailingly :-)
-From a southern girl’s heart. Be blessed y’all!