Here is your love letter:
I know you so well. I know everything about you. And I know your heart so completely that I could even finish your sentences.
I will protect you with my whole being. You are never far from my heart and I will be with you and help you in everything you do.
You are wonderful to me. I am always by your side and always will be.
Love, The Creator of the Universe and Creator of you
Ok, so I’m truly not trying to be tricky or overly clever here. But what I am trying to do is to open your eyes to a powerful truth: God has written you a love letter.
And He’s not just talking. He’s making good on His words.
Friends, this is so true. God’s Word truly is a love letter. And I believe that if we can start to see His Word as the love letter it is and not only as an instruction manual, it can revolutionize our attitude toward His Word, and through that, our attitude toward God.
Now, God’s Word has wonderful instructions that lead to everlasting life, I don’t want to minimize that truth. But my point is that His Word is also so much more and it’s sometimes easy to miss…
Consider this: who of us would receive a love letter and then put it aside to read “someday?” Probably not many of us! If I ever were to receive a love letter, you better believe I would tear into that faster than I would tear into a king size Snickers! My heart would be racing and my hands trembling, my mind eager to read what the letter said.
But how many of us do this exact thing with the Word of God?
How many of us put it aside to read “someday” or “later tonight” and then maybe even forget because we are too tired or too busy.
Friends, I have been that person all too often. But seeing God’s Word as a love letter is changing my heart, and I pray it changes yours too.
Going back to the above letter, it is a very loose paraphrase of Psalm 139. Let’s read that psalm together. Before we read it, instead of thinking of the words as ancient text, something to memorize, or a lesson, let’s pause…
See Scripture with New Perspective
Let’s read them as one who is beloved by the Author. Read the words with fresh eyes, as if we have never gazed upon them before. Let’s hear these sentiments as though they have crossed our hearts for the first time. Take a deep breath and read this as if our hands are trembling because we are about to open an envelope from the one whose affections we desire the most…
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there,
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb,
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand–
When I awake, I am with you.
Friends, it doesn’t stop there.
God’s not just about empty words.
No, every promise of love, every hope He sets in our hearts through His words, He makes good on.
God’s love letter starts in Genesis when he promises Adam and Eve, after they betrayed their Creator and Friend, that He Himself will make it right and fix the damage they have done. Talk about heroic and relentless love.
Every book in the Bible has God’s thread of love and redemption running through it. We just have to notice it.
The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are overflowing with exclamations of love in action toward you. Read them again this week with a heart that seeks to hear the love letter in them instead of only getting the history out of it. Ask God to give you eyes to see His love story for you. Seek and you will find.
The Culmination of God’s Love Letter
My other favorite love letter chapter is Romans 8. For me, it is the culmination of the love in the gospels. It says to us:
I am for you. I have done what I promised and given you everything, even my life. No one can harm you or accuse you anymore.
Nothing can tear us apart. Nothing. No matter what happens in this life, you are my beloved and I love you relentlessly.
Everything will all come right in the end when you come home to me. I have fought for you and conquered the evil one who was out to destroy you. You are my beloved.
Let’s read the real letter out of Romans now with those same fresh eyes, eager heart, and trembling hands as when we read the psalm.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.
Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Don’t you just love a good love letter?
Let’s open our love letter from God everyday with eager hearts to see His passionate desire for us in every story.
What part of God’s love letter, His Word, touch your heart the most? Share in the comments. I’d love to hear.
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A verse that spoke to me when I was finally surrendering all things to Him but felt like I had so wasted so many years, had lived so awfully was this one –
2 Timothy 2:21 ESV
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
God is making me a holy vessel, useful to my Master – that was a tremendous love letter to my heart.
Wow, Jennifer. Amen. Yes, He certainly is making you into a holy vessel useful to our common Master. In fact, He is using you right now to be an encouragement to me! Thank you for replying. Your words are so true.
Amen! God’s word truly is a love letter. Thank you for the reminder to approach the Bible from this perspective. I think sometimes I can fall into the trap of over-analyzing, instead of allowing God’s words to speak to me.
Hi Jed, Yes, we all can definitely fall into that over analyzing trap. And what a trap it is! I’m thankful you enjoyed and were encouraged. Thanks for commenting!
God is love. His words are lovely and true…even the ones we don’t understand. 🙂 Thanks for this reminder of how much he loves us.
Thank you for commenting! Always so encouraging to hear from others! You are very loved! I pray that you and I will see His love for us in His Word today.
I teach the preschool class at our co-op and do Bible stories with them. I start each class by talking about how God’s word is a love letter to them! We need to remember this on a personal level as well. We would all feel better about ourselves if we did!
Tara, how wonderful that you are reminding the next generation of this truth at your co-op! I pray there will be much fruit coming from that. Thanks for commenting!
This is absolutely beautiful. I have a whole book of his love letters, it is so encouraging to me
Hi Terri! It is so encouraging. To think that God made all things and yet still considers us all His prized-creations – Beautiful. Happy Valentine’s Day to you! May you always know and remember the truth of God’s love specifically for you. – Meredith
Yes! God’s Word is His love letter to us.
Hi Heather! Amen! It truly is. A very blessed Valentine’s Day to you as continue to reflect on and understand in new ways God’s very personal love for you!
I’ve always heard that the ENTIRE Bible IS God’s love letter to us 🙂
Hi Andrea! I agree. 🙂 From Creation to the Cross to Consummation and everything in between He is speaking of His love for us. A very blessed Valentine’s Day to you today. May God show you more and more and may you understand more and more how much you are cherished and loved by Him.
I really appreciate your view of Scripture! As a pastor I want my congregation to hear God speaking to them through the pages of Scripture, and one of the most important themes I want them to recognize is God expressing His love for them. Even the challenging and convicting parts – those parts that rebuke and discuss wrath and judgment – are loving, because it’s God’s way of delivering us from sin.
Hi Scott, How true about God’s discipline being loving and His way of delivering us from sin. Your congregation is blessed to have you preach that truth. I have four children and they find it fascinating (and a bit amusing) that their mom would be disciplined by God. When they were very young, they thought that correction came in the form of a spanking! 😉 Ha! “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6 Thank you for your encouragement, Scott. God bless you as you minister to those around you.
Wow! That’s a great way to look at God’s Word…one giant love letter to each of His children.
It never amazes me when I sit in prayer asking for a verse, then open up my Bible and have something I need to hear be there.
Hi Laura, Yes! God is so good to speak to those who seek and love Him. He is a bridegroom in pursuit of His bride’s heart. I love that picture of Jesus’ relationship toward us. God bless you as you seek Him more and more and may you always hear His voice above the noise of this world.
I love seeing God’s Word as a love letter written to me. Your blog post made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! Thank you! The Bible is definitely something I love to read, daily and often, and not a chore to check off my religious list.
Hi Maria, Thank you for your encouraging comment. I think all of us have a deep desire to be valued enough by someone to be pursued. God sure shows us His pursuit of us in His Word! I love the picture of Jesus as the bridegroom looking toward being with His bride, the church. Like you said, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy too! God bless your daily reading and may you see His pursuit of you in it always.