What’s the greatest gift a loved one could give you?
Flowers, an engagement ring, a day at the spa?
Perhaps loving words that convey how much you mean to them…
Whether you’re single or happily in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, you have access to a wide collection of love letters… right at your fingertips. We find them in God’s Word. They range from powerful proclamations to ornate poetry, declarations of true friendship, passionate songs, and earnest tough-love letters.
From the beginning of Scripture, we see instances of God’s boundless love. It transforms the people who are its recipients by drawing them closer to God.
King David sings of his need for the Lord’s love in a prayer for help: “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5 ESV). We can also take comfort in God’s love for us, especially in difficult circumstances of life.
Consider the profound love God had for the Israelites, as spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 ESV). God pursues them with love, offering them hope of continued care and restoration. How many times does God seek us out when we want to run away?
As we look forward in Scripture’s collection of God’s love letters, Jesus speaks of the profound friendship we can enjoy with him because of the great love he shows us:
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:9-13 ESV).
Jesus shows us the highest example of a true friend, a lover of our soul… no matter our circumstances. Perhaps you’ve had a relationship that was cut short or suffer from loneliness. Even in the best relationships or marriages, we aren’t fully known – we’re only human, after all. But Jesus, who walked this earth, understands you completely. You are deeply loved and treasured. God created you and knows you to the most hidden depths of who you are.
As you look through these biblical passages on love, whether poems, songs, or declarations, discover the love notes in Scripture that speak to your heart. Enjoy each one. Savour the words.
Thinking about the paradox of God’s vast love for us makes me dizzy. It’s incomprehensible and accessible, all at the same time. As we experience God’s love, it changes us. I know it has changed me.
More than flowers that wilt after a few days, or passionate sentiments that can fade, God’s Word stands forever. His love never ends. What an exquisite gift.