I recently attended the funeral of my friend Stephanie’s daughter. During the service Stephanie shared about Joyia, but then eyed her son and told him that she loved him and that her love was fierce. A beautiful word to describe a mother’s heart to a son that told him that she saw him and he really mattered to her.
Fierce – having or showing a lot of strong emotion: very strong or intense
Fast-forward- two months…During worship time one Sunday morning, my mind went to the expressions of God’s love for us…
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. Ps 26:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Ps 63:3
. … but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
God’s love is everlasting. You will not outlast His love for you. God’s love for you is steadfast. His love for you does not wax or wane, it is full, complete and unchanging. God’s love is unearned and previous to anything good you did. God’s love is sacrificial. God’s love is perfect. God loved you before you loved Him or even knew of His existence, before you were even born.
That Sunday while I was praising God for His love, suddenly the song we were singing called God’s love relentless. That description took my breath away.
Relentless — showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace
God’s love for you is RELENTLESS. Take that in today and let it sink deep into your heart and mind.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.
i http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fierce accessed 10.15.14
ii http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relentless accessed 10.15.14