The Bible is the recorded, written message of God for His people. It is a book of love for us. If we want relationship with God, then we need to love His word. But so often we struggle to relate to God through His word. We just don’t seem to connect.
When I went into my office this week I found a little love note left for me by one of my children. It blessed my heart as I read the simple words. The love note made me feel closer to them and more connected. Love letters should bring connection. So if that is missing from our time of reading the word, then we need to work on hearing the heart of the message differently. The popularity of “The Father’s Love Letter” is proof that seeing Scripture as a love letter can change our perspective and allow the words of Scripture to impact us differently.
Link to: The Father’s Love Letter
So this was a task I did this week. I chose a passage, one that if you read and focused on the whole section and didn’t look at the heart message then you may miss the love letter in the midst. Then I allowed myself to write my own “love note” based around this passage. Keep in mind, I was specifically looking for a passage that I did not know from memory, and that was not an easy chapter full of praise.
I found Isaiah 57 The heading given to this chapter was “Evil Leaders Rebuked” and honestly the thought in my mind was something like; “really, I have to make a love letter from this?”
So I read the passage and then something Jumped out!!
“I have seen their ways, but I will heal them. I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near.”
Wow! The love just oozed out of this. Now I only had to craft it into a love letter. This is what I wrote:
I see you and know you. I know both the good and the bad. I know your ways and even though I know, I WILL HEAL YOU. I will comfort you and restore you. I will guide you through everything. I will create praise on your lips, and I speak peace to you. Peace when you are near to me and even when you are far. I do this out of my love for you.
Now it’s your turn! What do you need to see in His word as a love letter? Can you challenge yourself to make words take on personal meaning by addressing them to yourself? Enjoy your time in the Word, as the Lover of your Soul seeks you out.