No kind of love compares to the kind of love God showers over us. The word relentless is defined as ‘showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace: UNRELENTING (merriam-webster.com). Other words to describe 'relentless' is: determined or unyielding. God's love for us is passionate in pursuit. Sometimes we can see the meek & gentle side of God as the only characteristic of His amazing love. While those things are good, there is a fierceness to God that we are missing in the thought of God's love today. His love for us is fierce, unsatisfied with only pieces of our hearts. God wants all of us and he will not relent until He has all of our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our lives. He longs for us to let His love into even the darkest of nights, the places we feel uncomfortable with. God’s love is relentless.
We see even after the fall of man, with Adam and Eve, God’s love was merciful enough to save us from the consequences of sin. He had a plan to restore all of his children to Him and save us from sin that only leads to death. God loved us enough, to become man, to sympathize with every single weakness we encounter here on earth. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLT)” Not only did He come to experience the pain we do on earth; He gave His one and only son, Jesus, to die for us. Jesus became sin so we could be made righteous, so we could be free. I don't know about you but I have never seen or heard of love as great as this. It almost sounds too good to be true, but it’s that good.
Cory Asbury sings in his latest song “Relentless Love,” ‘There’s no shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me. No wall you won’t kick down, lie you won’t tear down, coming after me.’ This is the perfect visual of how God’s love is relentless over his children. No matter how far you have fallen, no matter how finished your situation looks, God’s love has a way out. We can even choose to run away from this kind of love, but he chases after us anyways. He never leaves us but waits for us to turn back to Him, to extend His grace and mercy. Psalm 23:6 in the Message Translation says, “Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.”
Even if you know that God’s love is relentless, how do you receive it? I think it starts with the act of surrender. No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, there is always another level of surrender. Surrender is described to cease resistance and come into submission. In the learning of letting go and giving God more of us each day, we become even more full of His love. The more we empty ourselves of our ways and surrender to His, the more we can fully experience His love in our hearts.
We see the beautiful picture of God’s relentless love in the parable of the lost son. If you don’t know the story, it’s found in Luke 15:11-32. We see in this story of the rebellious son, the father runs after him with relentless love. In this time and day, a man running was not normal to do. But this father was not concerned with how he appeared to others, he ran after him and embraced him with unrelenting love and showered him with gifts. What a picture of the Father God running after us today. He won’t stop and will continue to pursue us until we meet him face to face one day. God is not reserving himself for us until we get to heaven, but He wants to pour His full self onto us. It’s a matter of us opening up our hands and our hearts to let him in. When we don't know-how, he will show us the way. He is patient with us, but also fierce in His pursuit when we learn to open up the gates of our hearts.
God’s love is relentless.