We’ve know it was coming for a long and now…it’s here! (Won’t be able to post tomorrow, so I’m doing this today.) I’ve wondered which angle to take…romantic, funny, cute and yes, using I Cor. 13 again. But over the weekend, we got a mailing from Charles Stanley and I want to share some of what he had to say because it spoke to my heart as I hope it will speak to yours. He expressed it so much better than I could.
“After you’ve read your cards, and put your flowers in a vase, I’d like you to find a quiet place, then take out a pen or pencil…and write a love letter to God. After all, when you really love someone, it’s important to let them know! Expressing your love to God in this way will help that love grow stronger, and draw you closer to Him.”
Almost every day in my prayers and at other times during the day I tell my Father that I love Him. But I never thought about actually writing Him a letter. Enclosed with the mailing was a card with a beautiful picture and the words “My love letter to God” on the front. It’s dated Valentine’s Day 2006, opens with “Dear God,” and closes “With love.” I have no excuse for not writing it.
He goes on to talk about the different types of love with which most of us are familiar. Eros-refers to romantic love, Phileo-refers to loyalty and admiration and finally to Agape-the name for God’s love. Mr. Stanley used the illustration of the prodigal son to demonstrate “some of the characteristics of this divine agape love.”
- Agape love makes sacrifices.
- Agape love waits.
- Agape love is generous.
- Agape love forgives and restores.
You can see in that story how each of these relates to our relationship with our heavenly Father. How can we not love Him. God sacrificed His ONLY son on the cross, is waiting for us to respond to Him, has generously given us all things, and when we ask, forgives and restores us to a right relationship with Him.
Mr. Stanley ended by saying, “This Valentine’s Day, I challenge you to look for new ways to share agape love with others. Just as important, I urge you spend some time alone with the Lord, expressing your love to Him in a personal way.”
I hope I’m up to the challenge. Are you?