by Jackie M. Johnson
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
Words are powerful and they can have a profound impact on our lives. While kind words can make a heart blossom with joy, cruel words close up the heart and make it wither like a bouquet of roses in the sweltering summer sun.
Over the course of a lifetime, three little words can make an indelible impact. For instance, when a child is born, parents will exclaim, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”
When the child grows up and auditions for a play or gets chosen for a sports team, he will burst with excitement, “I made it.” A teenage girl can’t wait to share with her best friend, “He likes me!” Or, upon graduation from high school or college, say, “I did it!”
But those elusive three little words that we all long to hear, “I love you,” have the greatest impact on our lives.
Of course, we want to hear them from the man we love. But it is wonderfully startling that God, the One who loves us most, longs to share those profound words with each of us. God loves us with an everlasting love. It never ends. We are loved every single day.
Over and over in God’s Word, the Bible, He demonstrates his love—He cares, He has good plans for us, and He never leaves. God shows the power of his love and mercy in Scripture as He rescues Daniel from a lion’s den and or when Jesus gives a blind man sight for the very first time. He also rescues and heals us, too. In fact, from start to finish, the Bible is all about God’s love for mankind—and how we can be restored to God through a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Three little words. God loves you. God loves me. In his kindness and loving care, God is reaching out to each of us. He simply wants us to reach back.
Lord, thank you for your love for me. And that You never leave. You are the One who loves me most. I want to know You and love you more. Teach me to love the way you love. Help me to be patient, kind, compassionate and other-centered. Empower me to receive Your boundless love and then give it out generously to others.
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About the author: Jackie M. Johnson is an accomplished author and blogger who inspires readers worldwide with hope-filled and encouraging content. Jackie is the author of Power Prayers for Women, the breakup recovery resource, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty, and Praying with Power When Life Gets Tough. Jackie’s is member of AWSA and CAN (Christian Authors Network). Connect with Jackie at www.jackiejohnsoncreative.com.
Join the conversation: How do you reflect God’s love to others around you?