shutterstock_160592534Everlasting. Everlasting Love. Lasting forever. Eternal. Lasting an indefinitely long time. This word has been on my heart and it keeps recurring and I feel an impression to share with you what I am hearing.

God’s love for you is everlasting. He never fails you. Never abandons you. Never gives up on you. Never forgets about you. Never leaves you. Never belittles you. Never EVER!

You may have friends, family, co-workers, guy friends that do the best they can to express how much they love, support and care for you. Sad to say this but… It is inevitable that they will eventually at some point in time miss the mark. Somehow or someway. Big ways or little ways. They may not follow through with something they promised or forget to call you on your birthday, or stand you up on a date night that you got all dressed up and ready to celebrate. They may say the wrong things. Hurt your feelings. Push you around. Maybe you were promised a promotion at work, but somehow in the mix of things, someone else was awarded the position and you were left thinking hey, what about me?

Know that you are not alone in this. Whatever you may be going through. Someone else out there has experienced the hurt, pain, rejection or offense that you have encountered at some time or another.

So just what do you do when you experience these set backs, discouragements and defeats?

You can allow these instances to keep replaying over and over in your mind and plan to get even with the individual that brought the discouragement. Like a voice memo recording your mind can keep hitting play again and again. You begin to plan out just exactly what you can say the next time they try this _____ or say that______.

Response to the hurt and offense is key. Do you just walk away? Do you just pretend it didn’t happen or hurt your feelings? Do you just sweep it under the rug? Do you just never talk to that person again?

Normally no. Depending on the situation. Use your best judgment and take a moment before you react. This step can take patience & practice!

Allow yourself time to process what was just said or done. Instead of immediately lashing out or coming back with a hurtful response. Take time to think before you speak. Words can be like swords and pierce straight to the heart.

Once you have taken the time to think it through. Ask Jesus to help guide your words and actions in your response. Whether in person, by message or some other way, allow your feelings to be expressed. Portray your heart in love.

This is obviously much easier to say or type this and say ok lets do… than to really follow through. I am speaking to myself here just as much. I have experienced this in my own life as well as you. Hurts, disappointments, words spoken that seem to sting and leave a mark on my heart. I make a conscious decision to give those hurts and offense to God and let him take it from me and no longer hold it against them. It’s a learning experience and takes time to grow. Try it the next time someone says something or rubs you the wrong way.

Always remember Gods love for you is everlasting. No matter what you experience here on this earth. Trials, troubles, and testings… His love remains the same. He sees your heart and knows your pain. No matter how small or great the pain may be. He is for you. He will always stand by you. You are His Girl and nothing will ever separate you from Him.

A song from New Life Worship has been replaying over and over in my heart.

One thing I know that I have found through all the troubles that surround. You are the Rock that never fails. You never fail. One think I know that I believe. Through every blessing I receive. You are the only One that stays, You always stay. You never change, You’re still the same. You are the Everlasting God. You will remain after the day is gone and things of earth have passed. Everlasting God. By New Life Worship

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself…I will not forget the expectant mothers and women in labor. Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths… Jeremiah 31:3, 8-9 NLT

Give thanks to God- He is good and His love never quits…Blessed be God, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 1 Chronicles 16:34-36 MSG

Written by Salina Duffy

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