"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)  [1]

"Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life." (Isaiah 43:4, NIV)

I believe everyone likes to receive a valentine or to hear someone say they love you. In the Scriptures above from two different prophets we hear God saying that He loves us. Later He actually showed us how much He loved us by sending his Son Jesus Christ to come to earth and die for us. The second Scripture mentioned someone dying for you. That is what Jesus Christ did.

There is a song about the greatest valentine ever written. The song is "Written in Red" and was sung by Janet Paschal. It said that God wrote His love on Calvary and has done so through the years with the nail pierced hands of Jesus Christ. Calvary said, "I love you" and it was a message written in red.

God spoke to me through that song during a time when a lot was happening in my life. He sent it just when I needed to hear it. God can speak through songs and other ways but the main way He speaks is through His Word, the Bible. Some have called it God's Love Letter.

I am writing this in 2006. A few weeks ago a woman said that she was married in the early 1970's then her husband went to boot camp. She said a few days before I talked to her she was cleaning house and found the letters that she had received from him and the letters she and other family members had sent to him. Can you imagine what she did when she got a letter from him? Did she put it down and think, "I'll get to it later and read it." No, she probably couldn't wait to read it. That is the way we need to be about God's Love Letter. We need to want to read it daily. Before we read we need to ask Him, "Lord, what message do you have for me today from your Word?"

The Bible is also like a letter from home. This woman's husband probably couldn't wait to read the letters from home. We Christians are not home. As one song I heard the other day said, "We are not home yet." Heaven is our home. We should want to find out what message our Father has for us each day. We should want to read His Word as our letter from home.

Prayer

Holy Father, we thank You for Your great love. Thank You for the greatest valentine ever written. Thank You Jesus for dying for us. Father, You have drawn us. Continue to draw us. You know we love You, help us to love You more. Give us a hunger and a thirst for You and Your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

By Dean W. Masters

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