Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
His Love Endures Forever
It’s been said that we could thank the Lord for something different every day of our lives without ever running out of things to give thanks for. It’s true, the Lord has blessed each of us in too many ways to count. Today’s verse helps us remember the all-embracing source for all those blessings: The Lord loves us.
Focus on this: The Lord loves you. When Jesus the Savior died on the cross, he died for you. When he rose from the dead on the third day, he rose for you. Everything Jesus did he did for you, and all of it counts for you. And if the Lord has given up his Son for you, won’t he also give you everything else you need in life and more?
It’s easy to forget how much the Lord loves us. We might be feeling the guilt of a sin we’ve committed; it might be hard to imagine that the Lord loves us after that. We might be going through troubles and hardships that make it hard to see the Lord’s love in a given moment. On the other hand, when things are going well, it’s easy to forget the source of our happiness.
It’s true that your sins do indeed offend God, and you do indeed deserve punishment from him. But Jesus has paid for your sins. Even as you confess your sins and ask for God’s mercy, keep your eye on the cross of Jesus, and remember: The Lord loves you.
What’s more, there are no strings attached to the Lord’s love. Some may think that if we aren’t thankful enough, the Lord will take his love away from us again. But the Lord’s love doesn’t depend on our thankfulness. The words of today’s verse are clear: his love endures forever. How can we help but give thanks for love such as this?
Happy Thanksgiving Day. God loves you!
Dear Lord, today and every day, help me remember your unchanging love, and give me a thankful heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.