Let the Lord Love You

by Jan Silvious

The story is told of an elderly Scottish woman who was asked what she did all day long. “Well,” she replied, “I get my hymbook and sing. Then I get the Bible and let the Lord speak to me. When I get tired of reading and cannot sing anymore, I just sit still and let the Lord love me.”

How long has it been since you sat still and let the Lord love you? Maybe that concept is a little foreign to you. We Christians who live in the fast lane resist sitting still and receiving. Perhaps it is because we feel too unworthy.

But ever since God created humankind, He has been calling out, “I love you.” And we have been flinching in the face of that declaration and saying, “Who, me? How can You love someone like me?”

If you want the sweet experience of letting God love you, then why not begin right now by meditating on what the Lord thinks of you. As He speaks to you of His love, resolve that you will drop all your arguments and just relax.

I have loved you with an everlasting love,” He says. “I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jer. 31:3).

Or what about this precious reminder: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Rom. 8:35). And I would add: “Shall your lack of discipline, or family problems, or feelings of inferiority, or sins of the past, or temptations of the present…or worries and fears about the future or your failures of this morning separate you?” And the answer is clear: Absolutely not! “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (v. 37).

And this promise: “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21).

But this passage compels me to do something about the great love God has for me: “We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:19-21).

After we have basked in the presence of God, reading His love letters to us, there is no way we can remain detached and uninvolved. Get up now and call someone who needs to be reminded that she is loved. Write a love note to an invalid who may feel forgotten. Share the good news that our God is love.

From The 5-Minute Devotional

©Zondervan 1991

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