“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 118:29 ESV
Psalm 118 is a joyful psalm which calls on all of God’s people to praise the Lord for His steadfast love. God’s love is not dependent on what we do or don’t do, but is based on the fact that His very nature is love. So often our love for others depend on their actions, therefore we can love a person for a time, but if they do not meet our expectations, then our love for them may change to indifference or something worse. But God’s love is unconditional and never changes towards us. That is not to say that He is pleased when our lives go in a wrong direction or that we lack integrity or that we get involved in wrong behavior! But He still loves us and is ready to forgive us of all wrong doing if we are willing to turn to Him asking for His forgiveness. When we are willing to go to Him in true repentance, then He restores His relationship with us completely. However when someone hurts us our love for them, even when they ask for us to forgive them, never is quite the same towards them.
Let us give thanks everyday for God’s love for us! Set aside a time each day to thank God for his love and goodness towards us. Each day count your many blessings and dwell on them, not on the negative aspects of life. God’s love is a true love, not artificial or just for a short time, but endures forever. Therefore because we know He loves us we can risk loving others! So love freely those around you even when they do not meet your expectations. As you walk through life look for those around you who need a kind word or who need to know that someone cares about them or who need to know that God loves them through your actions towards them. It will make your life better because if you expect people to love you then you need to love people. An Everlasting Word!!!!!