Valentine’s Day can be a total disaster. Love might be in the air but from where we’re sitting the smell isn’t always so sweet. Maybe you’re single and don’t want to be, maybe you’re debating whether to break up with your guy or maybe your marriage is going through one of those times when it’s just plain hard work.
On this day of chocolate frenzied commercialism (yes, I’m a cynic) this love letter from God, written entirely in bible verses, sums up true, lasting love. Breath it in friend. Let it soak into those unloved and wounded parts of you.
My Dear Sweet Child,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Ps 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Ps 139:2). I am familiar with all your ways (Ps 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Mt 10:29-31). For you were made in my image (Gen 1:27).
In me, you live and move and have your being (Ac 17:28). For you are my offspring (Ac 17:28). I knew you even before you were conceived (Jer 1:4-5). I chose you when I planned creation (Eph 1:11-12). You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Ps 139:15-16). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Ps 139:13). And brought you forth on the day you were born (Ps 71:6).
I am not distant and angry but am the complete expression of love (1Jn 4:16). And it is my desire to lavish my love on you simply because you are my child and I am your father (1Jn 3:1). I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Mt 7:11). Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (Jas 1:17). For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Mt 6:31-33). -32).
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jer 29:11). Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3). My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Ps 139:17-18). And I rejoice over you with singing (Zep 3:17). I will never stop doing good to you (Jer 32:40). And I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jer 33:3).
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Dt 4:29). Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Ps 37:4). I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Eph 3:20). For I am your greatest encourager (2Th 2:16-17).
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2Co 1:3-4). When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Ps 34:18). As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isa 40:11). One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Rev 21:3-4).
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (Jn 17:23). For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (Jn 17:26). He is the exact representation of my being (Heb 1:3). He came to demonstrate that I am not counting your sins (2Co 5:18-19). His death is the ultimate expression of my love for you (1Jn 4:10). I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Ro 8:31-32).
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1Jn 2:23). And nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Ro 8:38-39). Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Lk 15:7). I have always been the Father, and will always be the Father (Eph 3:14-15).
My question is…Will you my be my child? (Jn 1:12-13).
I am waiting for you (Lk 15:11)
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