“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares 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 each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘ Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
– Jeremiah 31: 33-34 ESV
Read Jeremiah 31
As we read Jeremiah 31, we realize quickly that this passage of scripture is a beautiful statement of love and restoration from God to His people. At the time that this was written, the children of Israel and Judah had been in exile for years due to their disobedience and lack of repentance, yet God was promising to draw them back to Him and deliver them from exile one day.
In this scripture, God renews His covenant with His people. They have been exiled for long enough and suffered long enough. God wanted His people to know that they had been forgiven for their sins and He would not keep a record of their wrong (verse 34).
Wow, isn’t this an amazing God! In spite of how terribly we mess up, in spite of our sins, disobedience, turning away from Him to give in to our selfish desires, and our lack of devotion to Him, God promises to draw us back. God loves to forgive us, to cleanse us from our unrighteousness and start fresh with us as if nothing had ever happened. I don’t know many people who could do this, do you?
Like Israel, as you come to God in repentance, He forgives and forgets your past, holding nothing against you, renewing and extending once more His faithfulness to you. First John 1:9 declares:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God is not in the business of holding grudges. Instead, He forgives and invites us to start a new relationship with Him, to enter into a new covenant, one that is based on love:
” I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” – Jeremiah 31:3 AMP
As the Good Father that He is, He draws us back to Him no matter how often we’ve messed up and how far we’ve gone astray. He remains unchanged, excited, and devoted to pursuing us with His everlasting love. Relentless, He demonstrates His faithfulness to us, restoring the bond between Him and us as He did through Jesus.
Indeed, God’s Word tells us that in Jesus, God reconciled us to himself not counting our trespasses against us (2 Corinthians 5:19 CSB).
Oh, how wonderful is our God that He restores our relationship to Him even after we were the ones at fault! But friend guess what? He does not care about finding fault. He simply cares about establishing a love relationship with us, me and you.
As our key scripture verse reveals, God made a new covenant with us, one that could never be broken. As it stands, this new covenant will stand until “the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below explored” and until the order of the moon, the stars and the sun are disturbed. Otherwise, His love and devotion to us remain unchanging. What a wonderful comfort! To know that regardless of our sins, regardless of our past, the door to the Father is still open to us because He loves us. What’s more, Jesus is the good shepherd, watching over us because we are part of his flock and he has redeemed us (verse 10-11). Therefore, we can rest assured that He will continue to watch over us and continually go after us when we stray from the path.
Friend, God has restored the broken pieces of our relationship to him. So if you have felt that you could no longer approach Him for whatever reason or that you are unworthy, rest assured that God desires to establish a new relationship with you. Just come to Him and allow Him to express His everlasting love to you. Today is your new beginning with God.
Loving and merciful Father, I thank you for loving me with an everlasting love and drawing back to you, especially when I have done nothing to deserve. Thank you for your amazing grace and your relentless pursuit after me. Help me to always see you as you are: a loving, forgiving, and faithful Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 138:8a (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:19