Did you know that the Bible is the sweetest love letter ever written? It captivates, it directs, it comforts, it unleashes hope, it validates, it defines redemption, it uncovers grace, and it reveals a love like no other.
God is love. (1 John 4:8).
How is His love revealed? “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).
Now that is amazing love!
Want to get to know God better? I promise, He wants you to. And the more you spend time with Him, the more you’ll fall in love with Him. And the more you fall in love with Him, the more you’ll stand in awe, understanding how much He loves you.
One way to get to know God better is by spending time in His Word. His love letter is written for you!
Remember this song? Jesus loves me this I know / for the Bible tells me so / Little ones to Him belong / they are weak but He is strong / Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me the Bible tells me so…
But sometimes, we all get too busy to hold the Bible, open it, crave it, follow it, and spend time in it with others or by ourselves. With God and uninterrupted. I admit, sometimes I skip through its pages.
That approach has its place. While in rehabilitation following brain tumor removal, I remember experiencing odd reactions. Surgical brain tumor removal, life support and eight weeks hospitalization was an ordeal. Returning home to twenty continued weeks of rehab was not fun. Nor was it easy. I’d experience “conversion reactions” where my legs felt like they shut down and did not want to move. It was discouraging and bizarre. Apparently my brain was exhausted and not communicating well. I remember my dad (a retired rehabilitation medicine physician) telling me, “Helo, tell your legs to walk.” I thought, You’ve got to be kidding me!
This was me then. “Hi Helo’s legs, move!” Didn’t work. So I’d sit and rest. At times for 30 to 45 minutes.
I tried the futile “talk to my legs” approach, but it lacked incentive and didn’t work. Then one day, I placed my Bible on a table six feet away from my chair. My goal: get to the table, open the Bible, read a verse at random, turn around, sit back down, and then do it again. Getting into the Word was my incentive. My reward was getting to read soothing, directive, amazing scripture. And it worked!
As time progressed, over several months, I learned the importance of spending “real time” with God. It’s a gift. Unbridled. Unmatched. Uninterrupted. Just me and Him.
And when I did, I began to learn what it means to love God. Really, truly love Him. And how much He truly loves His children. Each and every one of us.
This verse strikes a chord in my soul. It strengthens me. I invite you to let it strike a chord in you.
“I love you, LORD, my strength.” (Psalm 18:1).
Time to break it down. It grips us better when we do. Don’t simply glance over it.
Stop and read each word slowly. One word at a time, until you get to His name — LORD. I recently did, and when I reached His name, with tear-filled eyes, I realized how much I love Him and why.
I repeated, “I love you, LORD, my strength.” Then I continued and expanded what I thought.
I need You, LORD, my Comfort.
I seek You, LORD, my Hope.
I want You, LORD, my Soul-keeper.
I lean on You, LORD, my Tower.
I crave You, LORD, my Sustenance.
I hide beneath Your wings, LORD, my Shelter.
I behold You, LORD, my Glory.
I trust You, LORD, my Assurance.
I believe in You, LORD, my Truth.
I applaud You, LORD, my King.
I embrace You, LORD, my Best Friend.
I wait patiently for You, LORD, my Provider.
I ask for Your hand, LORD, my Healer.
I confess to You, LORD, my Confidant.
I praise You, LORD, my Blessing.
I lift up prayers to you, LORD, my Listener.
I will share Your promise, LORD, because we all need to know how much You love.
But my love accolades for You don’t stop there. Perhaps because Your love never ends and neither should ours for You.
Dear God, Thank You for loving us.
Cherished friend, I invite you to take a piece of paper and write, “I love You, LORD, because ________.” Fill in the blank. Once, twice, three times, or more… until it becomes a habit. You can also fill in the blanks when you talk to Him in prayer. “I love You, LORD, because _______.”
Telling God why you love Him will reinforce your faith and strengthen the love-bond between Him and you. That’s beautiful!
Tell yourself, “I am God’s and He is mine.”
Beloved, HE LOVES YOU! Love Him back.
Hope in Him,