I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace,
with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
“Since it is true that ‘from everlasting to everlasting’ He is God, and since God is love, then it is equally true that ‘from everlasting to everlasting’ He loves his people.” (Arthur W. Pink)
“It is a special consideration to enhance the love of God in giving Christ, but in giving him, he gave the richest jewel in his cabinet, the mercy of the greatest worth and most inestimable value. Heaven itself is not so valuable and precious as Christ is: he is the better half of heaven, and so the saints account him: ‘whom have I in heaven but thee?’ (Psa 73:25)…O what a fair One! What an only One! What an excellent, lovely, ravishing One is Christ! Put the beauty of 10,000 paradises, like the garden of Eden, into one. Put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colors, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one. O what a fair and excellent thing would that be? And yet it should be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes, and fountains of 10,000 earths.
Christ is heaven’s wonder, and earth’s wonder.”
A Prayer in response:
I declare today that the Son of God loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20). This isn’t narcissism; it’s necessity. It’s not selfish, it’s sacred. It’s not western individualism; it’s deeply personal. I’m once again in awe, Jesus. Intensify my heart even more… I pray in Your truly astonishing name. Amen.1
1 Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers, p. 242