Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB

"Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments..."

God is not restrained in His love toward His people.  He wants to pour out His blessings on those who are not restrained in their love toward Him.  This kind of love relationship is so precious that He doesn't give it indifferently or indiscriminately.  This covenant love is given to those who "love Him and keep His commandments."  Those are the conditions, but look at the compensation:  His extreme and extravagant lovingkindness!  It is a false comfort to try to put oneself under the umbrella of "God so loved the world" as our protection from the God who will  one day judge the world, if we have not entered into this covenant love.  Though not to many people's liking, the "but" that follows our text is just as promising as our text:  "but [God] repays those who hate (don't love) Him to their faces, to destroy them;  He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face," (7:10)  Covenant love is always a two way relationship which expresses itself in the full giving of oneself to the other.  Do you know this kind of love?  You can!  There is nothing more beautiful!  There is nothing more blessed! 

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