Unrequited love is something that fills the pages of novels. God’s love isn’t anything like that. Don’t worry we are not going to press through yet another dissertation on Agape Love, although that would be a good thing to take a look at.
Instead, let’s consider the consistency and persistence of God’s love.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (CSB)
This love of God has been described by many as reckless and relentless. The relentless description I am fully in agreement with, while reckless seems to be a bit more of a stretch.
It sounds good, but the perspective that God’s love is reckless simply isn’t possible recognizing the power and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This concept of Jesus having a love that is reckless is something that is manufactured from our perspective of Him. A perspective that is flawed.
It is flawed because in order for anyone to be reckless about anything there must be a recognition that they place something at risk. In other words, they don’t know the outcome of a given set of circumstances and actions. This is flawed because Jesus, being God, was and is aware of the outcome of every set of circumstances and every action. Not conceding to this fact is to deny Him his deity and attempts to make Christ more like us and less like God the Father.
While you might think that I am splitting hairs here, I should remind you that the enemy wants us to accept this sort of fallacy to strip away our image of the Savior. The more like us Jesus is in our esteem, the better from the devil’s standpoint. This type of thing drives a wedge between our understanding of the unity of God the Father and Jesus the Son.
“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:27-30 (CSB)
Two things here that are abundantly obvious.
First, “No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” This establishes the fact that nothing anyone, including the devil, can do, is able to pry us away from either God the Father or Jesus the Son. Their love for us is indelible. This fact lends itself to the ‘relentless’ definition of God.
Next, “I and the Father are one.” Any tool the devil uses to diminish the deity of Christ Jesus is confounded by this proclamation. There is no wedge that is sharp enough or strong enough to put any distance between the persons of the Trinity.
Relentless this love is. My personal testimony attests to that fact and there is one story after another of God pursuing His rebellious children until they have relented and repented. Scripture spells this out again in the words of Jesus in John 10:27-30. “No one will snatch them out of my hand”, declares that no one, not even us un our rebellion is going to outlast God’s pursuit of those he has gathered to himself.
This observation of God’s relentless love isn’t a get out of hell free card, for those frauds who profess their devotion to the Lord, but Jesus warns…
On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Matthew 7:22-23 (NLT)
What else can we see in God’s love?
Persistence, Patience, and Provision
And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (CSB)
Persistence and patience are fairly obvious. Of course, persistence speaks to the relentlessness of the love of God, patience is spelled out in the fact that we are still here the Jesus has yet to make his second appearance on the earth.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (CSB)
So, let’s talk about provision.
There are many that would say that Philippians 4:19 gives us carte blanche with God’s credit card. Not the case.
First off, our needs are not something that we have the ability to determine consistently. The only thing we really can lay claim to that suggests that we got the call right, regarding our needs, is the moment we realized we needed a relationship with the Creator. Beyond that, our own conclusion of what we need is skewed by our flesh and lacks the insight the Lord has across space and time. So, while we may come down on the correct identification of what we need, the reason why we need it may be way off track.
God knows our needs better than we ever could. Just because we think we know what our needs are doesn’t mean that we are correct. If you think you know better than God, then you obviously have bought into one of those other fallacies of the devil that say we know what is best for us.
The other thing that we can rely on is this consistency of God’s Love. Well, to be accurate, the consistency of God period. The Lord never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (CSB)
If He is unchanging. And if it is unchanging then the love that prompted Him to create us remains the same today. Also, the love that purposed Him to come to us in the form of a man, who was all God is the same. Finally, the Lamb of God who sacrificed himself on the cross to redeem us for His own is still the same love.
Unfailing Love, it is far from fickle.
In His Grace,