Jeremiah 31:3 (New International Reader's Version)3 The Lord appeared to us in the past. He said,"I have loved you with a love that lasts forever.I have kept on loving you with faithful love."
John 3:16-17 (New International Version)16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
As we journey into the new year, it may be difficult for some to know how much they are truly valued. It is difficult to move forward into a season of renewal, because the past may carry with it burdens of hurt and pain that hold them back from truly accomplishing what God has planned and designed for their lives. A first step in the direction of letting go of the past is to realize that we are intensely loved by God.
The Bible gives us many passages that tell us how deeply God loves us, His creation. As you read in the passage to His chosen people Israel above, God loves us with an everlasting love. That means a love that is unending, eternal, lasts forever, endures for all time. He has known us since before we were born, and continues His love for us by providing a way for us to always be with Him. That way is highlighted above in the words of Jesus himself.
Do you realize how much you truly mean to God? Do you understand how truly valuable you are? When you come to realization of your value and worth, it will make a world of difference to everyone and everything else around you. As you move forward into the new year, you cannot truly value and love others unless you first understand the intensity of God's love for you.