I don’t know if there is anything sweeter than the words little boys say to their mamas. My two guys certainly know how to fill up my heart with their words.
Recently, my youngest was giving me a hug and said to me, “Mommy, can I love you forever?”
I answered his question, “Of course you can!” And then added, “And I will love YOU forever!” He hugged me extra long and tight before letting go.
His words, as they often do, made me start thinking about the love of God. I began comparing the words we say to each other, with what the Bible says about love, especially unconditional, everlasting love; the kind that can only come from God Himself.
It is February, the season for sharing loving words. This week you might be helping your children make a Valentine card for a friend. Or maybe you are looking for the perfect words to express love to your spouse. Around Valentine’s Day, I always like to look up Bible verses about God’s love. We use the word “love” so much in our culture, that it almost loses its meaning. So what does it mean to truly love?
I considered my son’s question. “Can I love you forever?”
So often, we promise to love another person forever. But too many times it really turns out to be, “I will love you for as long as it feels good to me, meets my needs, or doesn’t hurt me or disappointment me.”
As a mother, I can’t think of anything that would stop me from loving my children forever. A parent’s love never runs out. It only grows and multiplies day by day.
I truly believe that God has given us this unique gift of having children and being parents so that He can reveal more of His own character as our loving Father. I think being a mother and experiencing the overwhelming love I have for my children has given me just a glimpse of the kind of love the Father holds for us.
It gives me great comfort and security to think of Him reassuring me in His Word that His love will never run out. It will never end. There is nothing I can do that will stop Him from loving me.
Sometimes our children say and do hurtful things, yet we love them still because they are ours. Sometimes we hurt God, we reject Him, we don’t trust Him, we disobey His good will, just like children…and yet He loves us.
For Valentine’s Day this year, here is a gift I picked out for you, straight from the pages of God’s Word. Here are 14 verses to remind you of the everlasting, unending love of the Lord. I pray they fill up your heart with the hope of His love, one that is real, and true, and eternal.
“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.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
I John 3:1-2
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
I John 4:16
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”
“For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
My son, the love God has given us for each other is a wonderful gift. But the best gift of all is the love that He offers us every day. It is a love so great that He would sacrifice His own Son to give us life. It is a love that will never run out, never give up, never let go.
Yes, my little one, you can love mommy forever. And I will love you forever. But most of all, love the Lord your God with all of your heart, because He forever loves you!