14th February 2017

Love letters 

“Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:8 (NIV)

Letters of devotion from one person to another are items that are cherished – kept in a private, special place often wrapped in a ribbon or contained in a particular box. No matter how old the letter is – it is a message from someone’s heart to be treasured and frequently read. Often the concluding phrase will be an affirmation of love, ‘always yours’ or words similar.

Perhaps you think you have never written or received a love letter – but if you are a Christian you most certainly are a recipient. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have received a love letter. Bear in mind that God’s very name is Love. So, what kind of love is this? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as “an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties.” We cannot deny the intensity of God’s love when he sacrificed his only son for us. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

God’s Word is one whole love letter – with the promise of a gift enclosed – that of life eternal with him. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 73:23 “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” See also Psalm 37:23-24. Our great God, our loving Father, is walking with us holding our hand through our life’s experiences. When we fall He picks us up, as it says in Psalm 145:14, “The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” 

We need to treasure and cherish God’s message to us by referring to it often. How does He conclude His love letter to us? The last verse of Mathew 28 tells us “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Brothers and sisters, I give you the very best love letter anyone could wish for—God has signed off his letter to us: always yours. 

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for loving us despite our human frailties, for being there for us in our darkest hours. Thank you so much for the knowledge that we are yours forever.
Amen
 

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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