Danny and I have exchanged quite a few cards over the decades. Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day – each one an opportunity to remind ourselves, in writing, just how much we mean to one another . We even have a special phrase we’ve used since our dating years and we both always put this phrase in our cards. We find that as we honor one another our hearts are warmed and we’re reminded of the truth about the endurance of true love. I keep the cards in a cedar chest and the phrases and the sentiments have remained the same over the years.
God has written the greatest love letter ever known and He wrote it with you in mind. Each phrase, specially spoken to His beloved, is full of reminders of His great love, His redeeming care and His eternal faithfulness. This knowledge is all truth, but without opening the book and re-reading the message we are likely to forget the truth about God and the truth about ourselves. Everything about God begins and ends with His love. It fails, it never changes, it never gives up, and it never runs out. God’s love is eternal and you can rely on it forever.
Oh beloved, if you’re waking up to a morning where you feel ostracized, overwhelmed, frustrated, fearful or just done in, then it’s time to get out God’s love letter. God knows your present situation, that there are things you don’t want to face, situations you didn’t plan for your life and people who gave up, walked out, quit caring or moved on. He wants you to know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that He is with you no matter what. He also wants you to know that He’s not some distant authority figure wielding His power over your life. No, He is here to give you guidance, keep you safe, walk with you through the hard places and make your life shine for His glory. He is your Redeemer – He takes His love and His nature and creates in your life a beautiful sonnet of His ability to rescue, save and change the life you are living.
He is more than enough. He is right on time. He is ever present. He is faithful to the end. He is all love and all knowing. He sees everything that is going on and He wasn’t caught by surprise with any of it, even if you were. He is with you and His plans are trustworthy. He is a God of His Word, even when everyone else might be unfaithful to their words, He stands by them. Most of all He covers your entire life in His love. He begins your day with His love and He ends your day with His love.
His love will emancipate your heart . His love will liberate your captivity. His love will give you purpose, new life and real joy. His love says you are beloved, you are chosen and you are accepted. His love has nothing to do with your performance. It has everything to do with His nature. He loves you. He’s going to stay the course with you. He’s going to give you a better day, a better way and a better life.
God loves you. And because He loves you He is for you. And because He is for you He will take your life and make it beautiful as you live in the light of His Word.
Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Psalm 86:13 for Your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.
Psalm 103:4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
Zephaniah 3:17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Romans 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
Psalm 63:3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!