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"The Hug of God"

September 5, 2003

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"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness." Jeremiah 31:3

There comes days in the life of every one of us when the love of God seems merely an abstract term--His love seems irrelevant to our daily living.

But that is not the way our Lord wants us to regard the promise and the offer of His love. He is eager that we not only acknowledge His love, but that we remain in daily awareness of it. Again and again He reminds us: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness." Again and again He tells us that His relationship to those who put their trust in Christ as Savior is that of a father to his children -- an ongoing, day-to-day relationship.

The love revealed in the Gospel is more than a kindly gesture; it is the hug of God, His reassuring arms around us. In days of darkness or distress, in nights of pain and sorrow, may we hear His loving voice: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine" (Isaiah 43:1). Yes, He is our God. He loved us so much that He gave His only-begotten Son to die for us. May we always feel His loving presence near us!

PRAYER: Jesus, Lover of my soul, keep me strong in my faith in You. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 23    Joel 2-3    2 Corinthians 10

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