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We read in Jeremiah 31:33-34, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (34) No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.”
The prophet Jeremiah wrote this in the midst of the exile of the Israelite people. They believed that God had abandoned them to be slaves to godless people. Jeremiah was there to say that God, not only was with them in exile, but was prepared to write for them a new covenant. This new covenant was a sign that God loved them NO MATTER WHAT. However, while law written on tablets was easy to disregard, no one could easily turn away from what was written on their hearts.
We are the people of this new covenant. We know that God loves us no matter what, and the proof of that love is written on our hearts. We feel a pull toward God, toward God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, and we are urged to respond. How do we respond? We live out the covenant that he has written on our hearts, and love the LORD our God with all our heart, all our being, and all our strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). Let us embrace that kind of active love.