God’s Unfailing Love And Faithfulness

In Genesis a couple of people made references to God’s unfailing love. But in our verse for today, the Lord Himself revealed His unfailing love as a part of His character.

Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6

Earlier in Exodus, Moses received the Ten Commandments when God wrote them the first time. Upon returning to the camp, he observed the Israelites performing godless acts of worship.

Thus, he smashed the stone tablets containing the commandments. In today’s chapter, Moses chiseled out two other stone tablets and took them for God to write the commandments again.

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This time, the Lord came down in a cloud and stood with Moses. He passed in front of Moses and made some declarations about Himself, beginning in verse six.

In the next verse, we see God’s unfailing love and justice working side by side.

I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations. Exodus 34:7

So, how should we define God’s unfailing love? Some of the characteristics of love include faithfulness, kindness, loyalty, and mercy. Those Characteristics in God never fail.

God’s unfailing love goes even further. He offers compassion to those who don’t deserve it. His love is perfect and unchanging. No matter how many times we fail, God’s love never fails.

God's Unfailing Love

God’s Unfailing Love Never Fails

Even in our unfaithfulness, God does not stand at a distance. He remains faithful because that’s who He is.

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.2 Timothy 2:13

Because we rub shoulders with wicked and sinful people, we must rely on God’s love. King David, one who knew and appreciated God’s unfailing love, wrote about it in Psalm 33.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. Psalm 36:5-6

You can depend on the Lord whether you are experiencing your highest high or lowest low. You can rely on God’s faithfulness, righteousness, justice, and, of course, His unfailing love.

David continued in that Psalm by telling us that God cares for us. He also makes His shelter available to anyone who wants it.

You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:6-7

When we think about God’s justice, our minds often turn to the negative. Some of us might feel that justice and love are opposites. In God’s justice, He judges us by what’s in our hearts.

For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts. Psalm 36:9-10

God's Unfailing Love

God Demonstrates His Love

In Romans, we read about how God demonstrates His love. It says while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The Psalmist told us how we should respond to God’s unfailing love.

  • Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
  • Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
  • Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
  • For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.
  • He loves whatever is just and good the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. Psalm 33:1-5

The 33rd Psalm praises the Lord by responding to God’s attributes, beginning with His unfailing love. Look how this wonderful Psalm ended.

We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22

Have you ever done something wrong or act stupid? You get a knot in your stomach and wonder if the other person will forgive you. You don’t have to worry about that with God.

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He Forgives Us

If you ask Him for forgiveness, He will forgive you and never hold that sin against you. That happens because of God’s unfailing love, a love that you can’t get away from.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Even if you decide to walk away from serving the Lord, which you can, He will still love you. God made every human being on the face of the earth in His image.

Even though we have a sinful nature, God still wants to have fellowship with us. He also wants us to spend eternity with Him. Therefore, He took the initiative to make that happen.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10

God’s unfailing love is real.

His love has opened the way for us to come to Him. Jesus told us that He is the only way to the Father.

Lord, we have nothing to offer you except ourselves. We know you will accept us because of your unfailing love for us.

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