"I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!
God's faithfulness is the bedrock of our faith. God will not, cannot, revoke his Covenant with us. It is unilateral. Unlike other contracts or covenants which are bilateral or mutual, God's covenant with us is gratuitous. God's covenant does not need to be confirmed by our willingness to accept it or live within it. It is pure gift.
At the same time, when we remember the nature and power of God's covenants with us, especially the New Covenant in Jesus, we realize again that we are made in God's image and must strive to love others, even our enemies, as God loves us. We love others in faith not because they appreciate, celebrate or return our love. We love others in faith to be like God.
Today, go to church, read a passage from scripture, and ask God to help you love others as God loves you.
Who has gathered you, like a hen, so that you never forget who you are and how much God loves you/