13th October 2019

Steadfast Love

“It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realise it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.”
Hosea 11:3-4 (NIV)

Steadfast love. It’s not a term we often use, but it refers to an unwavering love, the type of love parents have for their children. If you are a parent or grandparent, you know that being a parent is amazing—and challenging. Many of you likely remember the first time your son said, “Mama” or “Dada”, or when your daughter took her first steps.

But there are also the challenging times—those times when your children made choices that were difficult for you. Siblings picking on each other one too many times. Hanging with the wrong crowd at school. Skipping classes. Maybe experimenting with substances harmful to health and well-being. I think of the time when the phone rang and I didn’t know whether to yell, cry, or what. But eventually the words “We’ll get through this by the grace of God” came out of my mouth. And we did, and we may cross that valley again before it’s over. The point is, you were there through amazing and challenging times. This is steadfast love.

So, here’s a question: If we, being human, have this kind of love for our children, how much more do you think God has for his children—the ones he calls beloved. Parents want the best for their children, where do you think that love comes from? It’s a love from the One who always wants the best for us. He shows us how to love by how he loves us. He loves in the amazing times, and his love never wavers through the challenging times—those times when we make choices that are out of his will for us—that turn our face away from his. The prophet Hosea writes about the love God had for the children of Israel as he formed them to be a nation that would follow and worship him. Even though they rejected him often, he remained faithful in his love.

God has always loved us, and always will—even more than any parent ever loved their child. He teaches us steadfast love—always being there, always loving—through the amazing times and memories, and through the challenging times. God’s love is steadfast—unwavering, persistent, committed, unrelenting. We can never fully love as he does, but we can constantly be learning as we live in his grace and steadfast love every day, and into eternity.

Loving Father, you are the perfect example for us to follow. Help us perfect your love as we live your love daily. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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