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Jer 31:3

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
"Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

I have two little children at home. One is 17 months old and the other is two weeks old.
When I look at them I think that they are beautiful and perfect, even when the mess up and do something wrong (Even though two weeks is to young to mess up right now, but he will.). But it doesn't change the way I feel about them, or how I see them. To me they will always be my little babies.
That's the same way God sees us, as His beautiful little children. We may mess up, but that doesn't change the way the Lord sees us or feels about us.
God says, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love"
Meaning it never changes or doesn't go away because you messed up.
Sure I may have to scold my children and even sometimes give them a little swat on the behind, but I do it because I love them, and want to protect them from harm. They may not like it, but as they grow older, they will start to understand why, and know that I always love them.
Even God has to scold us and swat us on the behind every now and then, not because He is angry with us, but because He loves us, and wants to protect us.
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Scolding doesn't seem like lovingkindness to a child, but to a parent they understand it.
As a parent, we should also understand God's lovingkindness, even if we don't like to get scolded.

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