“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” (Psalm 103: 17,18 NIV)
Though there are many who think that God’s love is simply available to all, this psalmist reminds us that although He is Love, He is selective about who receives His Love–at least proportionately so that others will know–they are loved by God.
Now, I can imagine how many readers will immediately think of John 3:16 and attempt to counter what I just said, but John is not saying anything differently than the psalmist here is saying. God loves the world so much that He came to save any who choose to believe. The psalmist declares that for all who reverence The Lord enough to obey Him, have a guarantee that His love will cover their children’s children when they remember to keep His commandments.
Receiving God’s love is as simple as understanding receiving a gift and being grateful for it. Since He is love, we open our hearts to Him and receive it, showing our gratitude in our obedience to His Word. So simple, but many people miss it.
When we choose to live our lives in confusion, promote or perpetuate confusion, and refute God’s Word as an authority in our lives, we have chosen to reject His gift of Love. God does not force Himself on anyone and we have the opportunity to choose Him and His love or to reject. As we look at current events and shake our heads, we can see the evidence of those who have rejected His gift of love. Satan’s influence is running rampant in the minds of those easily influenced by the need to make a statement about themselves–in opposition to God’s Word.
When Satan confuses a person’s mind, the end result is murder, violence, insensitivity to others, hatred, sexual promiscuity, and self-loathing.
When Holy Spirit governs our thinking we move in peace and harmony, seeking to do good, not harm, able to love all, and not hate any. We are compassionate, but obedient and promote God’s righteousness over self-righteousness and our desire is to please Him, not self. We receive His love and our actions are the evidence of gratitude. And because we receive His love and obey, His love will be poured upon our children’s children, when they receive it and obey.