Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV)
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the
covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring
them out of the land of Egypt -- a covenant that they broke, though I was their
husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I
will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the
Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says
the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
"Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so!" (Warner/Bradbury)
This childhood chorus explains the new covenant that God now has with us, God's people. God's Law of Love is written upon our hearts in the life and legacy of Jesus Christ.
Because of God's unconditional love and amazing grace, Love came down, in order that God could forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more.
It is the most precious gift of all that we are called the children of God!
The next time you are tempted to get down on yourself, or to imagine that you're worthless, remember that you are a child of the King. The next time you're tempted to give up on life, remember that Jesus thought your life was worth dying for.
As we fall more and more in love with Jesus every day, the Law of Love, infuses what we say, do, and think. As we get to know more and more of God, we have a greater desire to immulate the example of Jesus.
Today, let us give thanks to God that we know--and are known--by the King of Glory!
Loving God, help me to be loving as I share the good news that we are all your children. Amen.