Focus Verse: Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: (21)
What did Jeremiah call to mind? He remembered the Lord’s great love. He remembered His unfailing compassions. He remembered His great faithfulness. When we remember that the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever; that His goodness and love does not change, we too will always have hope.
Focus Verse: Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us. (17)
Judah and Jerusalem had both been glorious, prosperous kingdoms, but now they were destroyed beyond the point of recognition. Instead of turning to God for help amidst their devastation, they instead look to be saved by another nation that is unable to do so.
Focus Verse: Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old (21)
Jeremiah prays for God not to reject His people completely. He pleads for God to return them to Him, to restore them, and to renew them.
Focus Verse: Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. (1)
The two key words in this verse are KEEP ON. To keep on means to continue to do (something), to carry on, to persist in. Paul is telling us to never stop loving one another. No matter what happens, we are to continue to love one another. We are to carry on in loving one another. We are to persist in loving one another until we are no longer alive to do so.
Why should we keep on in love? Because Christ did so. From Adam and Eve to Boaz and Ruth to Joseph and Mary to Peter and Magdalene, right down to you and me, Christ keeps on loving us. Despite our sins and mistakes, amid our tears and joys, in our weakness and in our strength, Christ keeps on loving us. He will never stop loving us.