The Love Fruit of the Spirit has many qualities. To understand that God’s Love is what we are supposed to show others, we need to see how His Love was (and is) understood and the effects when it comforts the soul. One of the best books that shows His Love is Lamentations. In it, Jeremiah speaks of God’s Loyal Love while remembering God’s Grace and Mercy on our lives.
My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.”
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love (Grace) of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes and let him be filled with insults.
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love (Mercy); for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men. Lamentations 3:17-33
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He was the youngest person around the time of the diaspora and exile to be called by God. The hearts of the kings, princes, and priests in Jerusalem had grown so cold that Jeremiah was often thrown into a pit, mocked, and shuttered out of their hearing. The pain and suffering was so bad that He had lost hope but as we see in the Scripture above, the Spirit working in Jeremiah guides him and reminds him of God’s Grace and Mercy through the showing of His Loyal Love (Chesed) for His Chosen People even though they disobeyed.
Even though Jeremiah’s heart was tormented and afflicted, he remembers that God’s Grace never ceases and is present especially to those who seek and wait for Him. Jeremiah’s Hope returned to him as he recalls that God is present through all afflictions and that no matter what the world does, God is there.
This passage ends expressing God’s Compassion and Mercy. How wonderful that we are freely given God’s Love. Without Compassion and Mercy we are lost to the world of sin. Without His Grace we cannot be saved. It is up to us to choose to receive and bask in His Love or embrace the world and permanent separation from God. The world today only sees glimpses of His Grace and Mercy through certain acts of kindness. We need to show the world more than glimpses but live it every day. If God is our portion then we must share it not just keep it for ourselves.
God’s Love for us is the model we must strive to emulate daily. Are you willing to share it?