I know, I know… you now have that old Tina Turner song playing in your head. Aside from that, I again ask the question: “What’s love got to do with it?”
In one simple word… Everything!
During the last few years, the main underlying concept that I have realized throughout my journey is just how much God loves us. Those are simple words to most; written on t-shirts and bumper stickers… spoken by preachers… sung in lyrics by musicians. But the meaning is so much deeper than we can possibly fathom.
His love is perfect.
His love is eternal.
His love is beautiful.
For so many years I ran from God, searching to find myself and my place in this world without Him. After all, I knew what was best for my life, right? But God was not about to let me go! He loved me enough to pursue me. He loved me enough to allow the pain and heartache that would eventually open my heart to His love. Once I did… my heart became flooded and overflowed into a river that surrounds my very being.
His love changed everything for me.
It changed everything for all of mankind.
John 15:13 states “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (KJV) There are many heroes who have willingly laid down their lives for their friends… for their country… for the least of these. There are many tearful stories of this selfless love. These men and women should truly be honored and remembered.
But there is a greater Love… One who laid down His life for each of us. He was not our fellow man. He was not our equal. He was Jesus Christ. God in the flesh. Our Creator. The One who has been there from the beginning… from before the earth began to spin… from before time began to tick. The One who spoke us into existence… breathed life into our lungs and a soul into our lifeless bodies. The God of a universe so large and magnificent that we can’t even begin to comprehend… yet so personal that He chooses to live within us through His Spirit.
Yeah… He is the One who chose us.
Why did He do it? Why would the Creator of all willingly choose to leave perfection and paradise and come to this lowly, sinful earth to die a horrific, torturous death?
A love unimaginable.
That cross that changed everything.
It should be us dying for Him. We are the ones who choose to sin. We are the ones who choose to run and turn our backs. We are the ones who are selfish, hateful, arrogant, deceitful….
Yet He loves us anyway. He willingly chose to die in our place so that we would have the opportunity to live an eternity with Him.
He loves us enough to bless us with joy, no matter the circumstance… peace, though the hurricane waves continue… guidance, even through the fog… promises, entirely undeserved… pursuit, as we turn our backs and run….
I am overwhelmed by that Love; the Love of our Heavenly Father.
This Valentine’s Day, I pray you step away from the chocolates and candy hearts for just a bit… yes, you can take a few moments to stop and smell the roses (I know, bad joke), but may we not forget to remember the ultimate Lover of our souls… Jesus.
He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. He wants a relationship with us here on this earth, and for all of eternity… just don’t turn away. Don’t run… open your heart and let Him love you!
Happy Valentines Day to each of you. May you kiss your spouse deeply, hug your children tightly and take every opportunity to tell those special people in your life just how much you love them; never let the moment pass you by… life is too short!
Father’s Love Letter
An Intimate Message From God To You.
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
Love, Your Dad
Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications
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(Our God is so awesome! I just discovered this song today after writing my post… it is just what I was trying to say!!)
May you find the beauty in today,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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