(I wrote this nine years ago. I offer it today as a word of encouragement for those who know the Lord and a word of invitation and love for those who would like to know Him.)
I can’t imagine that anyone would be reading my blog on this day, but maybe something has drawn you here. Maybe you need to hear that you are loved.
This blog is about the love of God and the activity of God on our behalf. If you have read anything of mine over the past couple of years, you must have read about the love of God in Jesus for you. But maybe it has been just too hard to believe.
Please let me share something I rarely talk about here. The love of God will never be forced on you. You are free to continue your life just the way it is. But the love of God for you is real. There is great mystery in the Christian faith, deep things that are hard to explain and hard to understand, but the simple truth is that God loved you and came to show you that love in the person of Jesus. I believe with all my heart that the love of God for all of us is in Jesus.
Will you accept the love of God for you? He calls you to let go of your fears and disappointments, your attempts to compensate for the pain you feel, and your desire to justify yourself before Him and others. Let it all go and just come to Him. Tell Him that you need Him and you want Him. Tell Him that you want Him in your life. You don’t have to promise Him anything because He is the one who has already done all the promising. And, if you come to Him, He will fulfill all those promises for you.
You don’t have to become like other Christians. You don’t have to start going to church. You don’t have to do anything. Just receive what He offers. I believe that He will lead you to others who have come to Him in the same way, but let Him do that. You can rest in Him. Don’t try to be perfect. You can trust the One who is perfect.
Today can be a day of great change. Today can be the day when you receive the greatest love there is. Imagine, on Christmas Day, you could begin a walk with Jesus that will last forever. Just ask Him.
I would be so happy if you would write to me and tell me that you have done this—but you don’t have to. Nothing is in your way, barring you from Him. And, yes, I am praying for you.
Oh, and, Merry Christmas!