Did you know that each of us has at least at one time in our lives received some sort of “Love Letter?” Maybe you got your first one when you were in elementary school. That is where I got my first one. I remember it so well: I was in third grade in Mrs. Plymale’s class and a boy named Jerry passed me a note. It said he thought I was pretty and like me, would I please be his girlfriend. I was to circle Yes or No. I can remember even then feeling special and excited. I had been picked!
It was not mushy in its content, but a third-grade declaration of feelings (love) was what it was trying to convey. He would write me from time to time and pass it to me in class and say I love you, do you love me? It is funny to think about now, obviously, we only had the love of our parents and family to compare love to and no real idea of what those words meant.
Maybe you have not ever received a love letter of any sort from someone special, or have you? Each of us has a love letter written to us, it is our Bible’s. God’s Holy inspired word to us. In it, we read his love letter to us. It has stood the test of time through all the ages. His love letter has words like this in it.
Matthew 27:26 “Then Pilate set Barabbas free for them; and after he had Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be crucified.”
Luke 23:33 “When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and two criminals, one on his right and another on his left.”
Isaiah 53:3-5 “We despised and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him-we ignored him as if he were nothing.
“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins, he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. ”
John 19:30 “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically but made alive spiritually.
Luke 20:16-18 “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners to be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”
Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
These are just a few of the life-giving words written to us in Jesus’s love letter to us. It tells a story of a love so great that it cost a life. Not just any life, but the pure sinless son of God. The perfect lamb was bruised, bled and died on a cruel cross for you and me. But, He did not stay there, He rose again! He conquered hell and the grave so that we too might have eternal life. He took the penalty for our sins on himself.
People, there is no greater love that anyone has ever displayed or will than this! His desire is that you read his “Love Letter” daily. He longs for you to be in a relationship with him. To allow him to love you and cleanse you and guide you throughout this life and then to one day take you home, to Heaven to live with him for all eternity.
We cannot know him and be in a good relationship with him if we never read his word, talk to him in prayer and daily surrender our will for his will. I want the best possible relationship with the Lord. I do not want to have to go back to him after a long absence or shame.
Allow God to love you, allow him access to your day. Give up a little of your time and spend it with your “first love.” You will not regret it, you will share and intimacy with God that cannot be trumped by another on this earth. After all, he formed you, He truly knows you, even those secret places that no one else sees or possibly even cares about. As you read, make it personal, because it is. Put your name in scripture and see that it is his love letter just for you!
Maybe, you want to write a letter to him or sing a song for him. Give him your heart…He will keep it safe and sound!
I love you, Lord, with all my heart, mind and soul. I thank you for this love letter written to me. I thank you for your shed blood that washed me clean.
I thank you that you are always with me, hearing me when I pray, answering me.
I thank you that I face nothing in this life that has not been filtered through loving hands. I thank you that one day I will be with you, not because of anything I have done, but because of all that you have done.
I thank you for my “Love Letter.” Written with your blood. No greater “Love Letter” has ever been or ever will be written.