Monday, February 7, 2011
YOUR SPECIAL VALENTING
Dear readers, nothing can compare to the love of God. His love is higher than the highest mountain, deeper than the deeper sea. It encompasses all nations, all of creation. The most fragrant rose, the brightest diamond, the most succulent candy, the tastiest and most elegantly-served meal, the most heartfelt hug or loving gesture cannot compare to His love. May He be your special valentine today and every day.
Love is in the air! I love you readers and want you to be MY valentine, too. The first person to respond (leave a comment) to this Blog Post will receive a FREE, postpaid, signed copy of my book, Williwaw Winds, as my humble way of saying Thank You. E-mail me at:firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and e-mail address so I can notify you about my book. Sally Bair
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
God’s Extravagant Love Letter
Did you ever receive a love letter? In sixth grade I received my first love letter in the form of a big, flowery valentine. James, a handsome show-off, would do head stands to impress me during recess. I blushed and giggled. His valentine, the most ornate in class, cost a whole dollar. Back then, during my adolescent days, we usually spent our money in nickels and dimes—not dollars.
I moved out of state that year, so I lost touch with James. I kept that valentine for many years, however, not only for its beauty but because it showed me I was worth such an extravagant price.
Perhaps most love letters result in long-lasting marriages. And perhaps most couples save their old love letters as reminders of the love relationship that blossomed—in part because of the letters.
God’s love for us is even more extravagant than ours for each other. His love letter, the Bible, tells us from beginning to end how much He cares. Some authorities say there’s a red thread that weaves itself through every book of the Bible—a thread that speaks of God’s heart of love offered through His Son, Jesus’ shed blood on Calvary. Jesus’ death and resurrection became the bridge that reconciles us to God.
Without that bridge of love, sin separates us eternally from Him—in spite of our goodness or commandment-keeping. There’s a song that goes: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
God’s love costs infinitely more than a dollar. He wants us to accept it. Not with giggles and blushes but with humility and with love returned. We can read His love letter every day of our lives and still not know its fullness.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
Lord, we don’t have to lose touch with You even if we move out of state. Your Word, Your love letter is more than a keepsake; it’s our lifeline. Help us to meditate on it daily, to live it, and to draw others to it by the love we have for Jesus. In His name we pray, amen.