God’s Covenant of Love with You

Some theologians will tell you that God’s love is unconditional but…. Forget the “but”. God has no buts, and no ifs. God loves you unconditionally; his love is eternal and has no limits. ~ Bangambiki Habyarimana

There’s a story in the Bible that always tugs at my heart. It illustrates the unprecedented love, mercy and favor of God. It’s a story told after David lost his best friend Jonathan, Saul’s son. Even though David was a sheep herder/soldier and Jonathan was a prince, they exchanged robes and weapons as tokens of covenant friendship. And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he love him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul (I Sam. 20:17).

After Jonathan was killed in battle, David mourned the loss of his dear friend. Remembering their covenant, David said, “Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Sam. 9:1) Yes! One of David’s servants remembered that Jonathan had a son. David immediately sent his soldiers to fetch the young man.

Mephibosheth was living in seclusion and terror. He was crippled as a little boy when his nurse dropped him while fleeing from troops. Soldiers had always been catastrophic in his life. Both His father and grandfather were soldiers, always at risk. In addition, He knew that Saul had tried to kill David and assumed that, as the new king, David would seek vengeance against the rest of Saul’s family.

Can you imagine his apprehension when a patrol of David’s men showed up on his doorstep to escort him to the palace? Yet when he arrived and was presented to the king, David said unto him, “Fear not; for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake” (v. 7). Then he promised Mephibosheth that he would live in the palace and dine at the king’s table every night. He also restored all of Saul’s lands and revenues to Mephibosheth.

That event is an illustration of God’s covenant of love toward you. You may be hiding from Him, convinced that He wants nothing to do with you, but it’s not true. God is looking for you, watching over you and offering you every promise He has ever made.

The Bible explains the Old and New Covenants (Testaments) of God. Covenant means a complete exchange of position and power, an unbreakable pledge of all that one has toward the other. Like the contract it is, every promise in the Bible affirms His everlasting love toward you and me and all of His children.

When God established a New Covenant with mankind, it was sealed forever by the blood of Jesus. He is now the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises (Heb. 8:6). That means everything God is or has is covenanted to His adopted children, those who are born again, delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son (Col. 1:13).

That new covenant (Testament) guarantees your seat at God’s table. Even when we were dead in sins, [He] hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:5-7).

Did you get that? God wants to show off for you! He wants you to share in His exceeding riches and lovingkindness, His overwhelming grace and favor, for all the ages to come. He’s got more than plenty for every one of His kids.

The Bible explains that we are adopted into His family, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17), and partakers of His promise in Christ by the Gospel (Eph. 3:6). If you’ve ever been an heir, you know that there is a binding connection, usually by blood, to the deceased, and an unbreakable contract that the heirs receive what is specified in the will (testament). God created an eternal covenant to guarantee your portion of His Blessing.  In case you’re wondering, that portion includes all sufficiency in all things!

There are two words that describe that kind of love. One is the Greek word agape—the supernatural, unrestricted, unconditional, overpowering love from God toward His covenant children. Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! Hereby we perceive the love of God: because He laid down His life for us … (I John 3:1, 16).

The other word is hêsed, a Hebrew word that encompasses God’s unlimited mercy, kindness, tender mercies, lovingkindness and fidelity. Hêsed describes the unbreakable, unprecedented covenant of God toward us. God’s hêsed is the reason Jesus could say, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

He saved us not by works of righteousness which we had done, but according to His mercy … Being justified by His grace, we [were] made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:5, 7). God’s mercy and grace are so everlasting, that the only thing God requires from you to receive all that He has is your faith.

Paul emphasized that part of your covenant when he wrote to the Hebrews: For He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”; so that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (v. 13:5-6)

God told the Israelites that He would have respect unto you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, and establish My covenant with you (Lev. 26:9). In Judges He said, “I will never break my covenant with you” (v. 2:1). Isaiah, prophesying Jesus’ eventual death and resurrection, spoke God’s promise again. I will make an everlasting covenant with you (v 55:3).

God’s Covenant is spelled out in hundreds of Bible verses and illustrated by hundreds more. Jesus spoke in parables, but you can take your understanding of God and write “covenant” into every story. God’s protection, mercy, deliverance, provision, healing and every other promise are yours by faith because He chose you and covenanted Himself to you. It’s His promise of love that will last for eternity. You are loved!

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