TODAY’S READING: PSALMS 134-140
Psalm 136 repeats 26 times “for his steadfast love endures forever.”
“Endures forever” is the Hebrew word for eternal or everlasting.
God’s steadfast love endures forever because “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Proverbs 10:12 says, “Love covers all offenses.”
Or, God covers all offenses.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)
Or, God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God never ends.
Some translations say “love never fails.” Therefore, God never fails.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This proves that God’s love endures forever or is eternal. God always love us. He loves us when we are sinners. And, he loves us when we repent from sin.
In Romans 8:35, Paul rhetorically asks if there is anything that can separate us from the love of Christ?
We know love because Jesus died for us. (1 John 4:10)
Why are all these facts about love, and therefore God, so important?
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death.” – Colossians 1:19-21
The complete and total fullness of God’s love dwelled in Jesus so that God could reconcile all things – everything in heaven and everything in earth – to himself. And, he reconciled us in the death of Jesus, which is the full display of God’s love for us because he would rather die for us than kill us or destroy us.
Everything will be reconciled to God. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is left out here. That sounds like love, that is God, never fails.
If anything – just one thing in heaven or earth – is not reconciled to God, then God and his love failed. God’s love would be defeated. But, God’s love cannot be defeated.
Reconcile means to restore to friendship or harmony or to make consistent or congruous. God is going to restore everything in heaven and earth – everything that he create – to friendship with him. God is going to make everything in heaven and earth consistent with his nature of light, love and life.
I believe most Christians fail to understand how full and complete this reconciliation will be. And, I believe this is because most Christians haven’t truly grasped what it means that God’s steadfast love endures forever.