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Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." Mark 16:15

Message Of Love

One day, my friend's daughter, Britney, came up to her and said, "Mom, I know that Jesus lives inside my heart.  But how do I tell him I love him?  Do you think if I write 'I love you' on a piece of paper and eat it, he'll get the note?" -- Donna Hutchinson, New Jersey.  Today's Christian Woman, Vol.  18, no.  5.

This week millions of dollars will be spent on flowers, chocolate candies, jewelry, and who knows what else as people all over the world send a Valentine Day message of love to that special person in their life.  You are a special person, and you were created to be a part of a special relationship, a special love affair, a love that never dies.

God created us to have a relationship with Him.  In order to feel the love that God has for us, we must give ourselves to our Father.  We must give Him all of our love in everything that we do.  God likes to hear us give praise to Him.  He wants to hear us tell Him that we love Him.  In the morning when you wake up, God wants you to tell Him good morning.  When you begin your day and start making plans, God wants you to include Him in those plans.  Then throughout the day, God wants you to share your feelings with Him.  He wants a relationship with you.  

Too often, the only time that some of us go to God is when we need something.  In those times we run to God, only to be disappointed when we do not feel that our prayers are answered.  Why can't we spend more time just thanking and praising God for everything that He has given to us, or done for us?  Why do we have to be a child that comes to our Father with it's hands open in wanting, instead of a child that comes to our Father with it's arms opened in thanks?

Why are we afraid to have a relationship with God?  Why are we afraid to draw so close to God that He is the basis of our very lives?  Genesis 3:8,9 shows us God's desire to have a relationship with us.  “Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees.  The Lord called to Adam, “Where are you?”” These verses also show why we are afraid to have a relationship with Him.  When Adam and Eve heard God approaching, they hid from Him.  God was looking for them because He wanted to fellowship with them, but because of their sin, they were afraid.  Sin had broken their close relationship with God.

In the same way, our sins have broken our close relationship with God.  But, Jesus Christ provides the way for us to renew our relationship with our Father.  God is a Father that wants to hold His children close in His arms.  His love for us is always without condition.  We are afraid to have a relationship with our Lord, because we are ashamed of our sins, or we feel like God will not want a relationship with us because of our sins.  We must know that God loves us.  We must know that He loves us despite our faults.  Once we know and believe this, then we can begin to build our relationship with God.

As you begin to build your relationship, always give praise to our Lord.  Keep telling Him how much you love Him.  Always remind Him that you are thankful for His love for you.  In everything that you do, do it for the glory of God.  If you have any broken relationships, mend them.  Broken relationships with family and friends can become obstacles in our relationship with God.  “Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14.  As your relationship with God grows, you will feel a definite friendship developing.  You will begin to feel His presence around you.  You will experience more of His blessings.  You will feel the peace, the joy, and the love that comes with being in the presence of God.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189.  All rights reserved.  

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