CS Lewis wrote, “While our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” We were made in the image of God. And although we are sinful by nature, what happened at the cross makes you new, you have been washed in the blood. Your value now comes from who He is and What He did.
So God’s love for us can be described as steadfast, unwavering, unstoppable, continuous and persistent. This is the great love the Father has for you. He really, really loves you. He sent His son to redeem you, and His Holy Spirit to live in you. We are in relationship with Jesus the moment we believe.
Now I know how validating words can be when we are in a relationship, whether in a marriage, family or friendship. We like to hear those 3 little words. I love you. We like to hear a compliment now and again. And we need to be encouraged with positive words. So while there are plenty of loving, encouraging and positive stories of proof in scripture, I put them in a format that is right up every girl’s alley… a love letter.
But before you read your love letter from God, I want you to look deep into your heart and see what condition it is in. Is it soft and porous? Is it open and ready to receive? Or is it hardened from pain and trials? Is it closed up and in survival mode?
Imagine if you will, a sponge and a stone. When you lay them side by side in bowls of water, the sponge absorbs all the water it can. It does not need to be flipped over or change its position. It is still and absorbs every last drop of water it can physically hold. The stone, however gets wet and though it absorbs some of the water, it does so only on the one side. The bulk of the water stays in the bowl. Over time it will absorb more water, but much of the water will evaporate before in can be infused into the stone. It will not become saturated.
So it is with our hearts. When we allow our hearts to be open to hear God’s promises to us, to experience the living water that is Jesus Christ, we take it in deeply. We believe it. And what we believe directs how we live. We can squeeze that excess love onto others and then go back and absorb even more of God’s love. But if our heart is hard like the stone, we can believe some of the things we hear, but the bulk of it never enters in. We don’t receive the overflowing amount of love intended for us, so while we can drip a little love here and there, we lack enough to really share. We are barely scratching the surface of a multitude of the promises meant for us. The living water, Jesus Christ, cannot fully permeate our being when we have a heart of stone. How can we believe in promises that we don’t truly take in? And how can we walk as children of God when we don’t rest on those promises?
In Ezekiel 36:26, God says “I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by My command.”
…..so let’s go before the father today and take Him up on that promise…
Dear Father, God. We come to you today with all sorts of heart conditions. We’ve been hurt, lied to, broken, abandoned, led astray and beaten down by this world. But we know that nothing can separate us from your love…your Word tells us that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Help us to believe you when you speak to us through your Holy Word that we may know just how deep and wide your love is for us. Open our hearts and minds to receive you in all your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Dear precious child,
I am with you (Matthew 1:23) and ready to tell you how very much I love you. As you read my words, believe them to be true.
Did you know that I knit you in your mother’s womb? (Psalm 139:13) Even then, I had a grand plan for your life; a plan to prosper you and not to harm you.(Jeremiah 29:11) Do you know that nothing you have done or will do can change my love for you? I am Love. The very essence of love. All I do is out of love for you. I cannot love you any more or less than I do right at this moment. (1 John 4)You know the times when you feel inadequate and unworthy? Well the good news is, ALL fall short, Every One. (Romans 3:24)Yet I made a way for you. I sent you Jesus, my son. Yes, even while you were a sinner. (Romans 5:8)He came to give you life abundant! (John 10:10)
I love you so much that….
I rescued you (Colossians 1:13)
I accepted you (Romans 15:7)
I made you a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are chosen (1Peter 2:9)
You are healed (Psalm 147:3)
And you are free! (Psalm 116:16)
My mark is on you and my Holy Spirit lives inside you. (2 Corinthians 1:22)There is nothing that can separate us. (Romans 8:38-39) This doesn’t mean you won’t have troubles, persecution, hunger and even danger in this life, but despite these things, you will have victory through Jesus Christ, my gift to you. (Romans 8:35)I know this world is tough to navigate. I see the dark valleys through which you travel. But do not fear, I will comfort you with my mercy and goodness. (Psalm 23) I will lavish my love upon you. (1 John 3:1) When you cry out to me, I hear you. (1 John 5:14)
You are a masterpiece, my child. I made you anew in Jesus to do good things. (Ephesians 2:10) Don’t give up. Press on toward the prize! (Philippians 3:14)Run the race with endurance and finish well. (2 Timothy 4:7)You are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37) I promise you victory. (1Corinthians 15:57)
Meet me daily in My Holy Word. I look forward to sharing more of myself and my truths with you. O the joy you will experience when we meet in my kingdom. But until then, I will walk with you (Leviticus 26:12) and my unstoppable love for you will go on and on. (Jeremiah 31:3) Eternally yours, Abba Father
What wonderful words of comfort we get from God’s Holy Word! Take them in and believe Him! These encouraging words taken straight from scripture are words you can build your faith upon.
I pray that these truths will equip you to trust God and that your walk will become even more confident in His love for you.