August 23


I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. 

We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. § [God] has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. § Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Jer. 31:3; 2 Thess. 2:13–14; 2 Tim. 1:9;
Ps. 139:16; John 3:16; 1 John 4:10


I have made, and I will bear.

Thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.” § Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you!

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him. § He bore them and carried them all the days of old.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. § For I am persuaded that neither … height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Isa. 46:4; 43:1–2; 46:4; Deut. 32:11–12;
Isa. 63:9; Heb. 13:8; Rom. 8:38–39; Isa. 49:15

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