“Perfect Love” ( Jeremiah 29: 11, NKJV) by Carley Evans

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

God wants and so He plans “to give you a future and a hope.” In the New English translation, that future is “a long line of children.” In the Holman Christian Standard, God’s plans are for “your welfare, not for disaster.”

 

God plans to give you peace, welfare, hope, a future — your heart’s desires.

 

God promises that when “you call to [Him], [He] listens to you. You seek [Him] and find [Him] when you search for [Him] with all your heart.” God says, “I Am found by you – and I restore your fortunes.” (Jeremiah 29: 13, 14; HCSB)

 

“I bring you health and heal you of your wounds.” (Jeremiah 30:17) “You are My people, and I Am your God.” (Jeremiah 30: 27)

 

God’s love for His people is perfect. “We come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in Him. In this, love is perfected in us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 16-19, HCSB)

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