“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself (Jeremiah 31:3).
If you’ve ever seen the classic 70’s film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you will undoubtedly remember the scene where Wonka unveils his top-secret new creation: The Everlasting Gobstopper.
The Gobstopper, for those of you who didn’t grow up pretending to be an Oompa Loompa, is a funky looking jawbreaker that never gets any smaller. In the words of Willy Wonka himself: “You can suck them and suck them and suck them and they’ll never get any smaller. Never!”
A single piece of this magic candy would last you the rest of your life because it would never diminish in size…never be reduced…never shrink in the slightest.
In other words, it would be everlasting.
1. lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.
The Lord uses this exact same word when He describes His love through the prophet Jeremiah, which means nothing will ever make His love for you stop, shrink, or be reduced in any way.
The moment you put your faith in Christ, every barrier that ever stood between you and the everlasting love of God was removed forever:
- Your bad decisions will not reduce it.
- Your stubbornness cannot stop it.
- Your sin will never block it.
Or, to (loosely) paraphrase Willy Wonka, no matter how much you feel like you suck, God’s love for you will never get any smaller.
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