Isn’t it lovely to receive a long letter from someone who loves you?
In an age of tweets, text messages, and sound bites, perhaps many of us are missing out on this special joy.
Several times a year, I am privileged to receive a long missive from an older male relative. These letters are hand-written, and the latest one was 18 pages long! I treasure these letters, and go back to them time and again to refresh my memory about what he’s said.
In the letters, my relative will share his views on world events, discuss the progress his garden is making, or pass along some wisdom about life. Invariably, he’ll also throw in a bit of cornball humour.
Throughout the letters are woven his love and regard for me. After all, you wouldn’t go to the trouble of writing an 18-page letter to someone if you didn’t care about them, would you?
Would you like to receive a letter like that from someone who loves you?
In fact, you already have!
God Himself has written letters to you in the form of the Bible.
Written by people but inspired by God, the books of the Bible contain invaluable wisdom about life and the best way to live it. They give you insight into historical and future world events. They show how God actively intervenes in human history and in our personal lives to bring about redemption.
Some of the books are in the form of actual letters, which we call epistles. Others are poems, teachings, prophecies, or historical accounts. But whatever form the books take, they all reveal how God is working in this world to reconcile humanity to Himself.
Above all, throughout the Bible is woven God’s love for you.
This love is best expressed in the person of Jesus, God’s son.
In the Bible you’ll find accounts of Jesus’ life, teachings, and miracles. Most importantly, you’ll learn the great lengths God went to in order to show you His love. He loved the world so much that He allowed Jesus to be crucified on a Roman cross, because this was the only way our sins could be atoned for.
The Bible could be seen as one long love letter to humanity.
You’ll find yourself going back to it time and time again to refresh your memory about what God has said. God’s words to you will be something you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.
Why not make this year the one you commit to reading God’s Word?
There are numerous online resources to help you read the Bible, such as BibleGateway, Bible Hub, or YouVersion: the Bible App. Of course, reading a physical copy of the Bible is still a tried-and-true way of learning about God and His love for you.
God’s love story with humanity is still being written today, in the lives of those who believe in Him. If you’re a believer, the letter God is writing to world through you and your testimony has the potential to change the lives of others for eternity.
Won’t you read God’s letter to you, the Bible?
And then let your life become a billboard advertising and passing on God’s love to the world around you!
(There may not be any cornball humour in the Bible, but that’s what uncles are for!)
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