I Can't Love You Anymore

"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."

Jeremiah 31:3

"That new hair style makes you look so much younger!" "I'm so impressed you are handling your kids so well." "You are a really good driver... for a woman." "You look great for your age." The list goes on and on of statements that can be taken one of two ways, if not more. I had to laugh at the title of this devotional because I realize it too has a double meaning, depending on how you read it. As a matter of fact the title can have many different meanings depending on how it is meant as well as how it is perceived or taken.

In one sense it could be a statement in the negative declaring the love once felt no longer exits or in the positive it could be saying, "I can't love you any more" as if to say I love you completely with my whole heart. The one reading these words can read them from the positive or the negative, no matter how they were intended in the first place. If you know the heart of the person writing or speaking the words, "I can't love you any more" you could without question know the intended meaning but if you don’t know the heart of the person writing or speaking, those words could leave you wondering what was the true intent.

My hope today is when you hear the words, "I can't love you any more" you hear them in the positive knowing that God can't love you any more than He does and He can't love you any less either because like I said, His love for you and I is not based upon our loving Him in return. We didn't choose God, He chose us. The best we could ever do is love Him in response to His love for us, but our love is and will always be in response to Him first loving us.

The Word of God declares to us in Romans 5:5, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."  God will never let you down, loved one, for His Word reminds us that the One who gives us His Word is faithful and true and because we know that we can know what 1 John 4 declares, "God is love" and what the apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13, "Love never fails". Don’t trust me, trust God’s Word! He really can't love you any more and that's the good news of the Gospel!

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:13


Michael Osthimer





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