A few years ago, an incredible Bible teacher taught me to read the Word in a new way.
He said one day he realized he could fall out of love with Jesus overnight. So every morning, he would open his Bible and say, “Jesus I need you to tell me that you love me. Show me how you love me through what I am reading today.”
And then he would
This was a little awkward for me at first and took some time to get the hang of, but it has been absolutely transforming for the way I read the Bible. It is amazing to start listening for Jesus and listing the intimate ways in which He loves you. It has made my relationship with Him deeper and even more personal.
Truly God’s Word is a love letter to His people and if you take the time and listen in your heart His love speaks between lines of scripture.
“He Speaks” is a regular series on Life and Lip Gloss in hopes of encouraging you towards hearing Him speak His love into your life.
Since it’s Valentine’s month, I’ve been focusing a lot on verses about God’s love and I’m especially loving this one right now…
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:4-6 (the message)
And then I write “Jesus tell me that you love me” at the top of my journal.
I love you because…
You are the focus of my love…a real, continuous, sacrificial, unconditional, never-ending, authentic love
Who else can love you like that?
My love makes you whole…complete, fulfilled, satisfied, not lacking, undivided
What else can fulfill you this way?
My love makes you holy…not rules, regulations, your performance, or religion but love
Where else can you go to truly be changed?
Why would we choose anything else?
My love is all you need.
Perhaps it is a word or sometimes it is a full phrase but I promise you can
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will opened for you.” Luke 11:7
Because He Speaks.