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A day we all turn to thoughts of love.
Gifts to demonstrate our love.
Time alone with loved ones.
Mushy cards; or if we’re really fortunate, a personal love letter.
Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful day, full of warm feelings and special times.
But for some of us, it can be a disappointing day; a painful day.
There’s no one to have a special dinner with.
No one who tells us how special we are and how much they love us.
We’re not getting mushy cards or love letters.
Some of us love Valentine’s Day. Some of us don’t.
Whichever camp you sit in, we all long to know we are loved; to hear the words, and feel we are cherished.
Dear Friend, this is a love letter; a love letter to you. It’s a love letter from the lover of our souls – the lover of your soul. Read on and discover how much you are loved by the One who gave it all … just for you.
A Love Letter is a Testament to the History of That Love
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; with unfailing love and kindness, I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3.
God has loved you…
That’s a love with some history; a love that has endured long-term, uninterrupted.
Read through the bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and you will discover the history of God’s love. You’ll witness how God has pursued us, across generations.
…with an everlasting love…
That’s a love with a future; a love that will not come to an end.
With that unfailing love, God gently and tenderly draws us in. There’s no coercion; no demands. Only kindness and perfect love.
A Love Letter Recalls when You First Met
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.”
God has known us from the start. He’s always known us. Isn’t it reassuring to know that God has been around for every moment of our lives and has loved us through it all – the good and the bad? Rock solid. Not going anywhere.
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A Love Letter States the Depth of Commitment
“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.”
Wow! That’s commitment. I’ve never even had someone tattoo my name on their arm or anything. Imagine. God has my name – your name – written (some translations say “engraved”) on the palms of his hands. That’s permanent. That’s intimate. He holds us close – in his hands.
“I will never leave you. I will never abandon you.”
Commitment. Loyalty. Faithfulness. I can trust someone like that. If you’ve ever been betrayed, abandoned, disappointed, left or left out by people in your life, knowing that there is someone who will NEVER disappoint you, leave you, or abandon you is HUGE. I need this. We all need this.
A Love Letter States the Lengths They Will Go to for that Love
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Most of the people we encounter would barely sacrifice their time or their favorite TV show or sporting event to spend time with us. God loved us – LOVED YOU – so much, that he was willing to sacrifice his own son in order to have a relationship with you.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
A lot of love on this earth comes with strings – conditions. Some people will love us for what they can get out of the relationship. They will love us if we do certain things or act a certain way. Or, they will love us if we change certain things about ourselves, first.
But not God. God loves us because he loves us. And God loves us so much that he was willing to go to great lengths to rescue us while we were still sinners. In other words: before we cleaned up our act, no pound of flesh required, no strings attached. I’ve never met anyone else who could love like that.
A Love Letter Tells Us What We Mean to the One Who Loves Us
1 John 3:1
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
We are precious to God – just as children are precious to a parent. God calls us his own children.
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
God cares for all of his creation, even tiny little sparrows. Even creatures that seem insignificant are valuable to God, and you are far more valuable to God than they are.
A Love Letter Assures Us that Our Love is Secure
“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.”
People come and go from our lives. Circumstances change. We move. We change jobs. Our interests and activities change, and people move on – we move on – to other things and other people. It’s just a part of life. But sometimes it’s painful when the people we were so close to are no longer that close.
It’s not like that with God. There’s nothing that will ever change the way God loves us; no circumstances that will cause God to move on to other things or other people – not even death. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.“
If you’ve ever had a failed relationship, or thought someone would love you forever – and then they didn’t – this one’s for you. God’s love doesn’t wane with the passing of time, or change like emotions. God’s love endures forever, no matter what. I needed to hear that. Maybe you did, too.
Valentine’s Day: A Day for Lovers
I’m single, and have been for a long time.
No mushy cards, date nights, or romantic dinners.
Valentine’s Day is a bit different for me – but still special.
I do have love in my life:
-Great friends whom I love and I know love me.
-Wonderful kids – who buy me candy (and coffee) and rubber roses that light up, and remind me I’m loved.
-Sweet grandchildren who give me kisses and tell me, “I love you Grammy” (while poking the jiggly flab on the back of my upper arms 🤣 ).
But, there was a time when I wondered if anyone really loved me. I questioned my worth and whether anyone could love someone like me.
Then I met the lover of my soul. I read the love letters He wrote. I learned that I was known and loved before I was even born and that I’m loved with an everlasting love by the One who will never leave me or abandon me. Wow. There’s just nothing that can compare to that kind of love.
People may disappoint me or walk out of my life, but God never will. I learned that He loved me so much, He was willing to sacrifice his own Son just so He could have a relationship with me. Wow. I have infinite value to God.
And so are you.
God’s Love Letters
If you ever doubt that you are loved, read the love letters He’s written you. They’re in the bible. The history of His love, the depth of His commitment, your worth – how much he values you and cherishes you, the lengths He went to in order to have a relationship with you. It’s all there. Just for you. Maybe this Valentine’s Day, it’s time you discovered your greatest love.
Happy Valentine’s Day. ❤️
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