Barnacle Love

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Jesus laid down his life for us while we were His enemies. Ephesians 2:15 says, “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.” Verse 12 says that we were aliens and strangers. We had no hope. Ephesians 4:18 says, “…being alienated from the life of God…”

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 John 4:9 says, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 

Let’s go to the ‘love chapter’ in 1 Corinthians 13. Here is the recap which perfectly describes God’s love for us: love suffers long and is kind, does not envy, does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in sin, rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Verse 8 says, “Love never fails.”

Hebrews 12:2 says, “…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Verse 3 bids us to consider Him. I’m focusing on considering His love for us in this post.

There is no love like His love. It cannot be described in our human terms. There is no relationship on this earth that can compare to it. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” To understand the word ‘knew’ we need to go to John 8:32.

It says of Jesus’ disciples, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Greek word for ‘know’ is the knowledge that has an inception, a progression, and an attainment. It is experiential knowledge.

The Lord formed us as He first designed us in His mind. Our seed of conception contained all that we would be from the beginning to the end of our lives. Psalm 119:73 says, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me…”

Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” You, my reader, were lovingly fashioned by your Creator’s hand. You are made in His image for an eternal relationship. It starts on this earth, but it will never end. You are bound in His love forever in barnacle love. 

Paul aptly wrote on how secure God’s love is to us. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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