Sunday, September 24, 2017

Unfailing Love

“Though our feelings may come and go, God’s love for us does not.” –C.S. Lewis  

King David’s royal family was more interesting than a reality TV show: in his family there was rape, murder and conspiracy.  Absalom’s sister Tamar was raped by her half-brother Amnon, and because David didn’t punish his son Amnon, Absalom vengefully killed Amnon. Absalom later rounded up thousands of men to overthrow and kill his father, but David told his fighting men to keep Absalom alive.  Even so, David’s commander Joab killed Absalom. 

When David learned of his son’s death, scripture says: “David held his hands over his face and kept on crying loudly, “My son, Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Samuel 19:4) David felt intense sorrow for and had unconditional love for a man that had betrayed him and tried to kill him, because Absalom was still David’s son. 

David’s love for Absalom is symbolic of our Father’s love for us. When we betray God time after time by our sin, there are always consequences to sin, but yet God still unconditionally loves us to extend grace to us.  Our God is the good shepherd that leaves the 99 to find the one that is lost and the father that welcomes the prodigal son home.  Nothing can separate us from God’s love!

But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness (Psalm 86:15).

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