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God’s Love Letter
By Zelda Dominguez
Do you notice at stores all the chocolates, stuff animals, flowers, and valentines set out for consumers to grab in time for their special someone on February 14th? Yes, V- day is approaching.
In elementary school it was fun to pick out my valentines, write them out, and receive so many back from classmates! In high school it starts to feel different. You can buy a flower or card and have it sent to your valentine in class, and if you didn’t receive one while others do, it doesn’t feel good. Now that I am out of school, it’s a whole different story. Tell me if you have felt like this. If you’re not dating someone, have not even been asked out, not receiving flowers or anything, you feel like a big loser. I have felt depressed, as have other young women over this. It’s sad to admit, but at the time, it only emphasized how alone I felt, looking to others for my self-worth and affection. The devil, (that’s right you heard me correctly) is real, and he plays on those emotions and insecurities. There are those thoughts you hear, ‘Ya, you’re a Loser, who’d want to go out with you?’ Or you hear a song which was you and your ex’s and your mind starts to wander. Whatever the toxic thought, you just go with it into a downward spiral. So much for a HAPPY Valentines.
So where are you at with all this? Before I received Christ and became a Christian, I was searching for love in all the wrong places. When one day I heard a pastor say, “God loves you just the way you are,” it hit me so hard. “He loves you so much he died for you.” What? Love is what I had been searching for all my life up to then.
Deep down in every human being is the inherent need to be loved, to know that they have value and worth. Love is at the core of our being because we were created in God’s image and He is love. God doesn’t love me on the basis of what I do. He loves me because of who He is. This Valentine’s Day do something different. Whether you have a significant other, are expecting to receive something or not, realize there’s no greater love than God’s love for us.
Did you know God has written you a love letter? I’ve heard it said that the Bible is a love letter from God. I want to share with you some portions of it for you to read. But first, I read a letter from a women who wrote to Billy Graham about having trouble reading the Bible. Here’s how it went and what Mr. Graham replied.
DEAR DR. GRAHAM: I know I ought to read my Bible, but every time I try to read it, I just end up getting confused. I never was a very good student, and all those strange names and places in the Old Testament get me lost. Is the Bible really that important? What am I doing wrong? — Mrs. L.Y.
DEAR MRS. L.Y.: I notice you are married; did you ever get a letter from your husband-to-be and decide you wouldn’t bother reading it because his handwriting was poor, or you were too busy or for some other reason? I doubt it.
And yet that’s what many of us do with the Bible. The Bible is God’s “love letter” to us, telling us not only that He loves us, but showing us what He has done to demonstrate His love. It also tells us how we should live, because God knows what is best for us and He wants us to experience it. Never forget: The Bible is God’s Word, given to us so we can know and follow Him.
Let me suggest first of all that you begin with one of the Gospels. Christ is the center of the Bible, and the Gospels tell us about His life and teachings. In other words, don’t start at the beginning of the Bible but at its center — with Jesus Christ. Then get a Bible you can understand; your pastor or Christian bookstore can suggest a reliable modern translation. Don’t skip around, but read straight through each book so you get the main points. In addition, pray as you read, and ask God to help you understand what He wants to say to you through that passage. Don’t give up, but let God use His Word to change you every day.
I couldn’t say it better. Let God’s love letter, His Word, speak to you. He’s all we need to fill our hearts.
- “The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.” (Numbers 14:18, NLT)
- “You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.” (Job 10:12, NLT)
- “For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love.” (Psalm 5:15, NLT)
- “I love you, LORD; you are my strength.” (Psalm 18:1, NLT)
- “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” (Psalm 32:8, NLT)
- “Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” (Psalm 86:5, NLT)
- “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.’” (Psalm 91:14, NLT)
- “The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” (Psalms 103:8, NLT)
- “Your love delights me, my treasure, and my bride. Your love is better than wine. Song of Solomon,” (Song of Solomon 4:10a, NLT)
- “I have loved you, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT)
- “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what, is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” (Isaiah 48:17, NLT)
- “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NLT)
- “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34, NLT)
- “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” (John 14:23, NLT)
- “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” (John 15:9, NLT)
- “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8, NLT)
- “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NLT)
- ”Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthian 13:7, NLT)
- “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18, NLT)
- “We love each other because he loved us first.” (1 John 4:19, NLT)