Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Letters


February. A month devoted to love.

When I was in grade school, I remember clutching the wrapped shoebox under my arm as I rode the bus to school. It was carefully decorated and would serve as a mailbox during the class Valentine's party. I secretly hoped I would receive a card from a special someone. Among the many cards I got that day, I saved that one, and read it over and over again.

To this day, I still save cards. The ones from my husband are especially precious. His love for me is evident in the sweet words he pens. The same is true of the love letter written to me by my Heavenly Father. The Bible contains countless verses testifying to the unconditional love of my Savior. Among my favorites, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," (John 3:16; KJV). A familiar verse, no doubt. But read it carefully. Because God loved, what did He do? He gave.

True love is about giving. Not a very popular concept in today's world, where love is easily confused with lust.  Two four-letter words with very different meanings. Lust involves getting. Love involves giving. Giving without expecting anything in return. It is characterized as patient, kind, and trusting. Love is absent of jealousy, pride, and resentment (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Consider the love of a King. The King of the universe who loved His creation so much that He left His throne in heaven to become a lowly man. He lived a sinless life, then willingly died on a cross, shedding His blood to pay the sin debt of all mankind. What an amazing love!

God continues to offer His gift of love to anyone who will receive it. Simply realize you are a sinner, understand that Christ paid your sin debt, and accept Him as your Savior. Are you willing to receive His gift of love? Once you have, spend time getting to know Him. The Bible is one love letter you'll never tire of reading!



Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your unconditional love. Help me to love without expecting anything in return. Thank You for the Bible, Your love letter to me. As I read and study Your Word, help me to become more like You. In Jesus' name, Amen.




6 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The world gets confused by thinking love is about how the other person makes you feel. You are so right that Love is about giving. I have been recently blow away by God's passionate pursuit of us. He pursues us everyday!

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  2. Thanks so much for the reminder. Awesome message. And I'm struck by the professional quality of your blog. I'm so impressed!

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  3. What an appropriate message for today, when so many people are focused on what they are getting instead of what they are giving!

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  4. Last Sunday, in my Sunday school class, I asked my students to share ways they knew God loved them. One of my students said, "He gave us His Word." I think in today's America, with Bible Gateway and Uversion, and our overabundance of Bibles, it's easy to forget what an amazing gift the Bible is. When I stop to consider that the Creator of the universe loved me so much He took the time to record everything I'd need to know and to preserve it throughout the centuries, it blows my mind.

    Thanks for the reminder to cherish His love letter, to read it again and again, and in doing so, to remember it's not merely an ancient document, but also an invitation into divine, intimate conversation.

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  5. Hi Maria -

    I love I Corinth. 13. We used it at our wedding.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  6. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Hi Maria,

    I loved this post and the accompanying video. Great parallel of romantic love letters and the Bible's chapters on love.

    Thanks for sharing.

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