His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

My all time favorite verse from the Bible and why exactly you all should read it and adopt this way of loving others because we are so undeserving of this love, but it will forever be freely given to us.

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Psalms 136 is all about God's love for us and how it is steadfast. Now, when i first read that I didn't quite understand the word steadfast. I mean I knew what going steady was like back in the day dating, but I didn't understand what steadfast meant. So, I luckily pulled out my phone and typed in my google search "steadfast."

The meaning of steadfast is this: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

Now let's put that into our verses and see what God is telling us through this new definition.

God says in every. single. verse. of the entire passage this phrase "for His steadfast love endures forever."

GUYS. are you seeing what I'm seeing? God tells us that His love, His freaking love will never falter, it'll never waver, it'll forever be there for you and me. God will forever love us no matter what we do or say because His love for us is firm and unwavering. This is so amazing.

How could we ever deserve this? How could us sinners face God and ask for His love even when we make mistakes and fall short of His expectations. I'll tell you how we are able to receive this type of love. It's all because of our great earthly messenger: Jesus. When Jesus took the burden of all our sins on the cross and died an awful death He was only thinking about us. Before He died He literally said that God should not punish those hurting Him because they did not know of what they were doing.

Guys. we don't deserve His grace and we surely don't deserve His forgiveness or love. However, God is wanting to give us more than just this. God wants to give us all the beautiful things that this world has to offer. He wants to save us from ourselves because the love He has for us is never going to falter. That is so unbelievable. I truly think that I'll never be able to wrap my brain around that concept.

People, this is why this passage has spoken so many volumes to me. My greatest fear in life is never finding someone that can truly love me as I am but jokes on me cause I've had this person my entire life. I was just not in touch with my faith and I didn't have deep roots or an open relationship with Jesus. My heart did not know of His true glory and joy that He brings into every life He touches, but once I did, I couldn't get enough.

I want you all to love people just as God loves us. He wants you all to love your neighbor as you love yourself and as He loves you. Take His lessons on steadfast love and apply them to your own lives. Become the person in your life with a strong and unwavering love for everyone. I know that I strive each day to do this and even though I fall short I have faith and know that God is using me and nurturing this love for others as a way to spread His word.

God is so good. So, please adopt this way of love and come and enjoy His goodness with me!

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The 20 Stages Of Instagram-Stalking Your Crush, As Told By 'Mean Girls'

Whether you love the presence of technology in your dating life or not, it's probably there.

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Far too often we wait for that follow request or Snapchat add to know that a boy is interested. We look to those notifications for validation of that mutual interest.

There is nothing quite like the freaking treasure trove that opens when a crush approves your follow request(or maybe you're silently looking if he is public). There is so much to do. This has now turned into an ~event~

All other priorities do. not. exist.

1. When he doesn't follow you back immediately

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Not mad, just disappointed. Actually, very mad. Seething, if you will. Honestly expected way more from Steve from Intro to Biology.

2. If he follows you first

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Hey! It's a little hard to see you down there since I'm ON CLOUD NINE RIGHT NOW!!! You text all your friends. These days, this is practically a marriage proposal. Time to start picking out wedding china? Can Vera Wang do this on such short notice?

3. If one of your friends also has a crush on him

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Sorry, Becky. Guess you'll just have to live with being a bridesmaid at our wedding.

4. If you don't follow him, but have a mutual friend who does: you ask them for screenshots

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He's private and you want to know what he is like without any consequences. You're just not ready to follow him yet, but you need some screenshots in your arsenal. This is case in point of why I should ABSOLUTELY not be considered a real adult for at least another five years.

5. Reading his bio

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The best thing it could be is just his name or school or maybe his frat. Or nothing if that is indicative of being a real live grownup who has a job(and I don't mean working at an IT start up your daddy found you). We don't really need an inspirational quote or something random that only two people understand. Your name is fine, thanks. Gentlemen, take a page out of Avril Lavigne's book and don't make everything so complicated.

6. Seeing how many followers he has

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This is something I don't really care about, but it can tell you a lot about the person. Like if they are a SoundCloud rapper trying to make it big and have clearly followed a ton of random people to try to get a follow back which has resulted in a sketchy follower-to-following ratio. If not, then they're probably normal.

7. Seeing how many photos he has

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There is nothing worse than thinking you are about to feast your eyes on all his photos only to discover that he has two photos and one is a group shot where his face is practically hidden. This will result in an hour of promising your friends that he is normal and good looking, despite what this feed might suggest.

8. Making sure he is not radiating jerk

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Saying "Saturdays are for the boys" is fine sometimes, but not every weekend. If he has more gym mirror selfies than the amount of Cosmopolitans Carrie Bradshaw has drank in her lifetime, it's time to move on. Unless you're working on a street corner, there is no need for you to be "just out here hustling/grinding."

9. Temptation to comment on a recent picture

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His hair looks really good! Or if he posts a picture of a party you saw him at this can be more tempting than buying cookies from Girl Scouts outside the grocery store. Resist, resist, resist.

10. Discovering you have a shared interest

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Oh my gosh, he went on spring break and you did too!! He went with ten friends to Panama City and you went home and ate Chinese food with your mom, but really, I don't see a difference there.

. 11. Stalking the most recent photo

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Is it with a girl? Is she prettier than you? If she commented an emoji it's freaking over. You sprint immediately to your closest grocery store and buy all the Ben and Jerry's.

12. Gathering of all the information

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Now we go into detective mode. Assuming at this stage that the dude actually had a decent amount of pictures, we now dig like Bob the Builder. We look for hobbies. We judge these hobbies. If you really like him, you concoct a plan to see how you can relate to these hobbies.

"Oh my gosh, I loveeeee fishing! I love it so much! Oh, you fish, you don't say? Look how much we have in common!"

13. Figuring out how close is he with his family

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Looking for how many times his parents surface on the IG. If you see he has siblings then if you are on a date one day you won't be trying to digest their names and ages, you'll already know. He will be blown away by your impeccable memory and interest in them.

14. Seeing something cool he did and becoming obsessed

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Maybe he studied abroad. All the heart eyes for the picture of him volunteering with Habitat for Humanity last April.

15. Pictures that make the world stop

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This might be him in a tux at a wedding with his grandma. It might be a swoon-worthy pic of him shirtless at the beach. It might be a picture of him and his wait for it… DOG and you die and blush and get so excited because you don't know what's cuter: him or the dog. These are the ones you screenshot for your friends.

16. All of a sudden it's been an hour

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You look at the clock, an hour has passed and you're in 2014. Great, now you know exactly what he wore to a middle school dance. Awesome!

17. When going into the tagged photos leads to being 3 people deep

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In tagged photos, you find previous girlfriends, and naturally, you have to stalk. Luckily, her account is public and you see that her best friend could easily be the next contestant on the Bachelor and probably win the whole thing. So you click on her profile and stalk her too. Then you see her boyfriend and look at his profile and feel genuinely hurt that you won't be getting an invite to their wedding.

18. Not blurting out everything the next time you see him

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You know you can absolutely NOT let on that you stalked him at all. Even though there were ten close calls, you did not accidentally like anything. Consider that a success. They should give out trophies for that. He doesn't need to know that you dropped your phone into the Oreo crumbs that were on your face at 2 a.m. As far as he knows, you simply approved his request and moved on with your life. If it comes up you should say "Oh, I didn't even remember we were friends on Instagram."

19. Crafting your first post with him being a follower

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It has to be hot, but it has to be effortless. You could do a selfie but you want him to know you have friends. But they can't look prettier than you. Should you be mysterious and post an artsy shot? Or post a travel throwback? *Books plane ticket to a cool destination just to take a pic he might like*

20. The first time he likes your post

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You feel like the definition of fabulous. A Snapchat is coming down the pike for sure. Ugh, how can you hate a culture and love it so much at the same time?

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Let's Make Some Life Lemonade

How to turn any situation into life into a sweet and tangy drink!

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When things go wrong in your life, how do you accept the situation? I tend to do a lot of overthinking and then talking to my mom and then I take some of these things into consideration.

1. Accept the situation 

People are really bad at accepting what is happening in the here and now. How many times in your life have you looked at what was going on in your life and said to yourself "yeah, this is just the way it is and I cannot do anything about it nor can I complain about my current predicament." I would assume not many times. I'm an optimist, so I like to believe that people really can do things that they originally believe they couldn't, but in all reality EVERYONE struggles with this step. That's why it's the very first step of making your sweet, sweet lemonade. We as humans have to accept our situation as is. No tricks or gimmicks, but accept what is and move forward.

2. Be rational 

Now look me dead in the screen and say to yourself "I am a rational person and can adequately use my words to have a rational conversation with someone and I can effectively think rationally without letting all of the other stuff get in the way of what's really going on." I definitely did say the word rational approximately 100 different times, anyways this is something that I've personally had troubles with, cause I do everything based off of what I'm feeling in the moment. Take a breath. Step back. Sleep on it. Go for a run. Eat some ice cream. Do whatever you need to do to get out of your own head for a bit and come back to the situation with a fresh set of eyes. Don't take forever, just take some time to yourself to review what you're feeling and may want and need in the end.

3. Think 

Oh man this is the most important step of them all! Think about what your mom would do. Think about what Jesus would do. Think about what your five year old self would do. As long as you're rational to begin with, your thought process will follow and as long as you follow what your heart and brain want for you, then man you're golden. Don't overthink anything cause that'll get you no where, but do what's right and follow what your inner goddness is telling you to follow. Think of the other people involved and how something may affect them, but most importantly just think with the fresh set of eyes that you've gathered.

4. Make the Lemonade 

Things happen, and we have no control over it because it's life man. It's crazy and beautiful and downright amazing, but it's also hard and scary and can make you feel lost. Some of the worst days of my entire life came because of something that I can't control. That's just the way that life goes. We can either drown in our sorrow or we can make the sweet lemonade. Put your plan into action. Take your acceptance, rationality, and thought processes and turn it into something glorious. Go full force and don't look back and if your plan doesn't work then start over. It's not the end of the world, maybe that lemonade that you just made was a little too sour and maybe you need something a tad sweeter, who knows. It's your lemonade not mine.


So yeah guys, life is too cool to miss out on and I'd be really sad if I ever learned about anyone losing themselves in what they may be dealing with because they don't know how to swim. So help me help you!

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