Monday Motivator – March 1

Have you ever received a love note that stirred your heart and fired up your imagination? Wouldn’t it be great to receive a handwritten note from a friend or family member that said, “I love you so much. I think highly of you for who you are and care deeply for you. You mean a lot to me and I am blessed to have you in my life.” Talk about being encouraged…it could make your heart beat faster.

You do not have to wait for someone to write such a letter, or send you that kind of a card from Hallmark. Someone already has. The Bible is a love letter to us.

God and people are the main characters in the epic love story found in Scripture. Read Romans 8:38-39. God has been described as a Divine Lover who pursues us like a lover passionately courting his beloved. He is willing to risk his life to win her over. When she responds to his love, he sings, dances, and rejoices over his lover, while all of heaven rejoices.

Have you ever longed for someone to wrap his or her arms around you and love you intensely? The Lover of your soul is pursuing you for that very purpose. He gave His life on your behalf when death was imminent for you. He has pursued you when you ignored Him, and traveled a lonely road, searching for the one He loves, and that person is you. He earnestly awaits your response to his quest for your heart.

Are you in love with God? Are you hungry and thirsty for Him? Do you seek Him consistently with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? If you do, that is evidence that you love God. Seeking Him reveals that you love Him. The apostle John wrote that God wants you to passionately pursue Him, and when you do, He will fill you with His love (1 John 2:5, 3:1, 4:7, 10).

Read 1 John 4:7-19.

God is the perfect lover (1 John 4:8 and 19). He is forever faithful. He will never leave or forsake you for another. He will not use His power against you. He hurts when you hurt. He blesses you with unexpected gifts. He stirs your heart toward life and away from death. He creates in you a heart of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. He leads you to hope, not despair.

Without God, there is no love and there is no life. He is the initiator of love, life, and light. God’s nature is love, and He expressed it in all of His actions. He wrote the greatest love letter of all. Yet He chose to deliver that letter in person, knowing that in issues of love, you cannot allow another person to represent you. God came face-to-face to bridge the gap between Him and us. He is passionate, because love is never passive, and passionate love leads to action.

Have you read His letter lately? How have you experienced God’s initiatives of love toward you? In what ways is the Bible a love letter to you? Have you ever written a love letter to God? Why not write one today? Grow devotionally. Love and enjoy God.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

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