“I love you.”
Jesus loves you. I’ve heard it before and I know it to be true in my head. But when those words translate into “Jesus loves me” it changes things. When “Jesus loves me” becomes Jesus saying, “I love you, Tesia. YOU.” Everything changes.
Knowing God loves me isn’t enough. I need to experience that love, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. Just like a husband and wife don’t proclaim their love for each other on their wedding day alone, never again to utter the words “I love you,” God doesn’t just tell us once “I love you” and that’s it, we know it for all eternity. He tells us daily. He is constantly speaking. A young couple in love tell each other all day long how much they love each other. God is constantly speaking, proclaiming His great love for us. The question is whether or not I am listening. Whether or not I have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to receive that great love. Am I letting His love in? Am I loving Him in return?
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Imagine a man loved a woman, and he was outside telling her how much he loved her. How much he wanted to care for her, provide for her, protect her, and all she had to do was trust him and let him inside. If she says no, she can’t trust him. If she never lets him inside, she would never experience his love for her. She would never experience the romance and intimacy of relationship. In the same way, if I don’t let Jesus into my heart and life, surrender control to His way and not my own, trust Him, then I will never experience His great love for me. I will never experience the deep relationship with Jesus if I don’t let Him in.
Today Jesus is saying, “I love you.” I let His love in. Will you let Him transform and heal what you thought impossible to heal, restore, or redeem? He is able. Are you willing?