I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.
God’s Love Is Eternal
God has eternal love for His people. God says, “I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.” After telling us that He will dwell among us, does He really need to tell us that He won’t hate us? But the truth is that just like a family living together all the time, we sometimes let our guard down and are not careful with how we treat those closest to us. We can say and do things we regret. If God is right here with us, what happens if we slip and make mistakes? Will God grow tired of our imperfections? Will He judge us more strictly because He is watching us so closely? To these worries, God promises us, “I will not abhor you.” In other words, He understands us. He knows our hearts. He knows our weaknesses. And even if He sometimes lets us know that He isn’t happy with our behavior, we have eternal love. Do you sometimes feel inadequate before God because of something you’ve done or said? How does knowing the truth of His unconditional love change your perception of yourself and of God and of other people?