Based on: Jeremiah 31:3-6
Forever is a long time. Very soon you will make promises to each other. You will promise to love, cherish and remain faithful. You will not put a time limit on these promises. You will not say, "for the next two years I promise to do this." You will not even say 10 years or 20 or 50. No, your promise today is that your love will last for all of the days God blesses you with on this earth. As we look at the Bible verse you chose, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love," we consider first God’s everlasting love for us and then we look at your love for each other and how it flows from God’s love for us.
God told the Israelites, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." He says the same to you and to the rest of us. He has loved us all with an everlasting love. He loved us from before the creation of the world, and he will love us into eternity. Of course his love is the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13. It is patient and kind. It keeps no record of wrong. It protects and trusts and never fails.
And that is exactly the kind of love we needed. You see, without Christ we were unlovable. The times that we sinned against His commandments were offensive to Him, and even the thoughts that were focused on ourselves instead of on others were appalling to Him. There is certainly nothing in us that God could consider lovable, and yet he loved us.
We see his love in action when we look at our Savior and see the nail marks in his hands and the place where the spear pierced his side. Those marks are the marks of God’s love for us. Because of those marks, God looks at us and sees someone absolutely perfect, radiantly beautiful, and completely lovable.
Now God says it is your turn. He has loved you. He does love you. He will continue to love you. He desires that you show that love to each other. You have chosen her as that special person with whom you want to share your love with for the rest of your life. This is a reflection of God’s love for you. And you have decided that he is the one you will love as your husband for the rest of your life. You are promising to show each other in your words and actions that love which God has shown to you. As far as you’re concerned it is an everlasting love. If God were to allow you to live forever, you would share forever the same committed love for each other that you have today.
This is not an easy task. Many begin and eventually fail. But God does not leave us without help. As you continue to build your relationship and you include Jesus Christ your Savior, you will be blessed. As you hear and study God’s word, as you focus on and marvel at the everlasting love that God has for you, your love for each other will do nothing but grow stronger.
The more and the better we understand how God loved us in Jesus, the easier it is to be patient and kind, to not keep a record of wrong, to protect and trust. God’s love for us will give you the strength to love each other for the rest of your lives.
God loves us yesterday and today and forever. The love that the two of you have for each other has already begun and I’m sure it has only grown stronger today. May God bless you with a love for Him and a love for each other that continues to grow all of your days.