As we approach Valentine’s Day, a day that encourages so many people to focus on love, we have a wonderful opportunity to tell others about the Lord’s Love Letter to us. We will look at the Lord’s Love Letter under three headings: God is Father, God is Faithful, and God is Forgiving.
God is Father
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
As hard as it is to believe, the God who created everything in the cosmos created you to be His child . . . and He promises to be your Father. That’s right; the Creator God who spoke the sun into existence also knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He is as powerful as He is personal when it comes to His relationship with you.
You see, God created you out of His good pleasure. He didn’t need to create you—He wasn’t lonely or bored—He simply wanted to create you and enjoy an intimate, personal relationship with you. You are the apple of the Almighty’s eye; before you existed physically, you existed in the mind and heart of God your Father.
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
Marinate on the Scriptures you see here for a moment and feel the immensity of the love your heavenly Father has for you! Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that God “chose us in [Christ] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Did you see that? God loved you—you—from before the beginning of time!
Sadly, I counsel men and women who grew up in environments where they were told they were not wanted. They were told that they were “an accident.” Well, there are those who were not wanted or planned for by their earthly parents, but no one is an accident. There are no “accidents” with the Almighty. Everyone ever born was known and set apart for a specific purpose before they were formed in the womb by God the Father. David exulted that “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
Think about it this way: the One who made heaven His throne and earth His footstool also made you His precious child. But He did it at incredible cost. He loved you—you—so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as an atoning sacrifice to take your place on a cross and pay the penalty for your sins—all of your sins—so that you would have eternal life. As sinners, we desperately needed a Savior, and that is exactly what we have in Jesus Christ. When we, by faith, confess Him as Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we enter into a forever relationship with our Father in heaven.
Oh, one final thing. Go to the end of your Bible right now and read the last verse, which is Revelation 22:21. Now imagine that these words, which are not actually written on the page, are written on your heart . . .
I Love you,
Your Father in heaven.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!