FAITH // LOVE LETTER Like 0 Twitter Hannah Lee Follow Sept. 18, 2016, 9:06 p.m. in Religion Views: 717 Like us on facebook Originally posted: https://overanalystme.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/faith-love-letter/ We live in a culture where relationships are so highly romanticized that being single makes you feel like the most lonely, unwanted potato in the world. Everyone is looking for something romantic: a first kiss, sex, a friend with benefits, a lifelong partner. Everyone walks around with their minds, hearts, and eyes filled with such lust that we forget the greatest, most pure and perfect love we could possibly ever have: God’s love. “You are the most beautiful girl/guy I have ever met.” (goes for guys, as well) Don’t we all dream of someone calling us attractive? We sometimes even change ourselves through makeup, clothes, surgery with the aim of becoming more attractive every time. But, God calls us beautiful by day one. He made us into who we are, with all our little unique details, everything we call bad and good. No matter what, He calls us beautiful. He doesn’t care if you are dull brown hair, braces, freckles, or if one finger is longer than the other; He thinks you are beautiful just the way you are. He loves you despite your insecurities because what you are insecure about, He is proud of them and of you. In Genesis 1:27, it says “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them.” If we are created in His own image, then how grand and perfect He must have made us to be. “I can’t stop thinking about you and I want to spend all my time with you.” Forget about the boy who can’t text you back in two hours. Think about our God who is always yearning for your attention through prayer, the word, and your heart. He wants His children to know Him so much that He sent down Jesus for us. If Jesus was not sacrificed for us, we would not have been able to have this deep connection with God because through this act, the veil between us and God was pulled away. “You tore the veil You made a way When You said that it is done” Hillsong, “At the Foot of the Cross” He literally sent His one and only son to die so that we may be able to build a relationship with God so close. He isn’t like the other gods you hear about who seek your praise and your sacrifices all the time. He doesn’t want your blood and sweat. No, God wants your time. He wants you to talk to Him and to let out your feelings and your heart to Him. He wants you to say good morning to Him and tell Him your biggest worries, regrets, and happiness. He just wants you to be a part of your life. What a relational God. There is no other like Him. “I am here for you.” As human beings, we are social creatures, which also means we are so dependent on one another to survive. We look for walls to lean on through each other, but we forget that God is the strongest wall of all. People will come and go like season and they will sometimes leave you devastated and at a loss for words. But God, man, He knows your life inside out. He knows what plans He has created for you and He knows the roads ahead of you. So He says, “Child, trust in me and I will lead you. Let go of your worries and burdens and let me handle everything.” So many times throughout the Bible, He reminds us that He has a plan for each and every one of us, so we need not to worry. “‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God: trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms: if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may know where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4 “I will always love you.” I think this one is the one message that hits me the hardest. Like I mentioned before, people come and go like seasons, and sometimes, even the best you’ve met end up leaving. You can’t help this; we’re humans. We should, but often cannot, find the strength and humility to love unconditionally. But you know who does? God. How good, O God, are you that no matter how many times we have grown angry, acted out, left your arms, you still say “I love you.” How good can You possibly be that even through all our ups and downs from the day we are born to the day we die, You say, “I love you.” Our biggest fear as human beings is not being loved, yet you erase that fear because you ALWAYS love us. No matter how many times we run away from you, you are always there, waiting for us and saying “I love you.” And when we come back on our knees, crying and begging for forgiveness when we believe we do not deserve it, you say, “It is okay. I forgive you. I love you still.” “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Many of my non-Christian friends say, “How can you understand something like this?” My answer is honestly: you can’t. We cannot begin to fathom how great His love is for us because it is a love without bounds and no rules. It is a love that is so constant and overwhelming that we just drown in it. His love for us stretches so far and wide that we cannot see the end of it. We cannot understand how pure, perfect, and possible His love is, but we can requite His love. We can embrace it, rejoice in it, and praise Him with all of our hearts. 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