Love Letters by guest writer Tina Siposs
I’ve come to tell you a story today. It’s my testimonial, if you will. It’s a love story. It’s my story and it’s about the hope that lies within me that I’ve come to share with you.
I was only a young girl of about 12 years of age when I first learnt about a wonderful, extraordinary man. I had heard many others speak of Him (Rom. 10:17), and from memory there were only ever positive and glowing reports about Him. Indeed, the more I heard, the more I liked, and over the years my interest in Him grew.
I’ve never met Him you understand (1 John 4:12), but I think I’ve gotten to know Him a little over these many years. At first when I started ‘talking’ to Him I was a bit nervous and wasn’t even sure if He heard a single word I said, but then slowly over time it seemed He not only heard me, but He started answering me – actually talking to me! He taught me many things I needed to know about myself and the world in which I live, and it was through Him that I first came to know His Father.
He said I could always rely on Him, and in fact, whatever I ask for, in His name, I would receive it (Mat. 21:22; John 16:23-24). And if I do want to see Him, all I need to do is to look around me with seeing eyes to know that He watches over me (Ps. 91:11) and that He lives (Rom. 7:4).
I came to know Him as a humble servant (Mat. 12:8, 20:28), and a simple shepherd who would lay down His life for His sheep (Mat. 18:12-13), but He didn’t have many friends because many didn’t agree with His moral and ethical standards (John 15:14). But I really adore and worship Him (Rev. 14:7). He is so kind, so understanding and forgiving (Ps. 103:2-5), but I must admit that back then I just didn’t know what He could possibly see in me. After all, what could I offer Him? I had a bit of a reputation as a liar, a thief, a fornicator, a drunkard, and a murderer (Rom. 3:23) – (not that you could pin anything on me!). And yet, He cared, and still cares, about me! He doesn’t judge me by reputation or by appearances as other men do, but instead always looks on my heart (1 Sam. 16:7; Prov. 21:2; John 8:14). I discovered we have some mutual friends, many of whom encouraged me to keep in contact with Him, and consequently our love continued to blossom.
Yes, I have come to love my beloved – and He already loved me (Song 6:3)!
Now, what can I tell you about my beloved? He’s the firstborn of many brethren (Rom. 8:29), He is Faithful (2 Thes. 3:3) and True (1 John 5:20), and He speaks no guile (Luke 6:45, 1 Pet 2:22). He always keeps His word and His promises to me (Rom. 15:8) – His yes is yes, and His no is no (James 5:12). He was married a long time ago (Jer. 3:14), but His wife turned out to be unfaithful (Ezek. 39:25), fooling around with other ‘men’ (Hosea 9:1; Jer. 3:20; Micah 1:7). And even though it was heartbreaking for Him at the time, He forgave her and eventually paid for all her sins with His own life (Col. 3:13; John 3:16). Still, now it’s time to move on – and His Father has already arranged another marriage for Him (Mat. 22:2)
Guess who the bride is going to be? That’s right – it’s me! I have been elected (Col. 3:12). Not only do I have a relationship with the most wonderful person ever – He has now asked me to marry Him! Yes, He has chosen me – I did not choose Him (John 15:16). His pet name for me now is ‘precious’ (Isa. 43:3; Prov. 3:15; Ps. 72:14) and He numbers me amongst His jewels (Mal.3:17), but later I’ll get another new name (Isa. 62:2). He says I am worth more than rubies (Prov. 31:10), and that He would pay all of creation for me (Heb. 9:26).
And what does He require from me in return (Prov. 14:12; Mat. 7:13-14)? Well, I have to leave the path that leads to destruction and follow the path of righteousness (Ps. 17:4, 23:3); I have to learn to trust Him completely (Ps. 4:5, 9:10; 1 Tim. 4:10), and I have to learn the family business, which is to do justly and to love mercy, and then to walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). I also have to learn to love as He loves (John 13:34), and to become as He is. And while I’m doing that I just have to endure till He comes for me (2 Tim. 2:12). Oh, I know this path won’t be easy (Mat. 7:14) – this is not some fairy tale here – this is about my life. The road will be riddled with detours and pitfalls, but He will always be by my side. He will do all He can for me, and He says that He will lighten my load and carry all my burdens upon His own shoulders (Mat. 11:28-30). His rewards will be awesome!
My beloved loves the sound of my voice (Ps. 118:15), especially when I use my tongue for good – not evil (James 3:5-9), and when I make a joyful noise in singing praises to Him (Ps. 100:2; Eph. 5:19-20). He’s especially proud of me when I help other people in need. It could be as simple as giving them something to eat or drink, or clothing them, or even visiting them when they’re sick or in prison (Mat. 25:34-40). And even though no-one else knows what I’m doing, He always manages to see (Mat. 6:2-4). I like to think that I bring some joy into His life, as He has to mine (Ps. 16:11; Jer. 15:16; 33:9).
We are so in love, so close and committed to each other – why, He lives in me and I in Him (1 John 3:24, 4:15-16). Other men have tried to seduce me away (Mat. 7:15), promising me this or that – things they have no right to offer (2 Cor. 11:1-4). And even though my beloved was jealous and furiously angry (Nahum 1:2), (I really thought He was going to kill them!), it was only because He was trying to protect me. Since then of course, there’s always someone who is trying to accuse me – not always falsely by the way (Ps. 109:29, Rev 12:10). They gossip about this or that, but He won’t hear anything said against me (Mat. 12:34-36), and even His Father will defend me as long as I remain betrothed to His Son. His love and His righteousness cover all my sins (1 Pet. 4:8), and in Him I am secure (Jer. 23:5-6). He says I’m the apple of His eye (Ps. 17:8) and that He loves me. I know too that He loves little children (Mat. 18; 19:13) – He’s spoken of them often, and I’m sure that He wants a big, big family (Rom. 8:16, 9:8, 27; 1 John 2:28)! Only I could mess something like this up! (John 10:28-29).
You know, very early on I found out that He was very creative (Ecc. 12:1; Isa.40:28, 43:15). In fact He has a degree in Creation, which includes astro-physics, mathematics, biology, geology, and all that stuff! In fact it was He who flung all the stars out into space, and He knows them all by name. He has also dabbled in a bit of clay sculpting (Gen. 2:7), gardening (Gen. 2:8), as well as the healing arts (Ps. 6:2; Acts 4:30). Later He became a carpenter by trade (Mark 6:3), then the Saviour of the world (Hosea 13:4; Luke 1:47) (which includes me), and He already has qualifications in being The Word (John 1:1), the Lamb of God (Rev. 5:12), and as the soon-coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 19:1) among many, many other things. I can’t possibly know now everything He does or takes care of. Oh yes, He is very, very wise (1 Tim. 1:7; Jude 25) and is nobody’s fool (Luke 4:12; James 1:13).
I do love my beloved – and He does love me. How do I know that? Well, He’s always patient and long-suffering with me (Ps 103:8), slow to anger (Ps. 30:5, 145:8) and quick to bless (Eph. 1:3). He has a very generous heart (Ps. 2:8, 37:4; Mat. 10:8) and provides for all my needs (Acts 14:17) even before I know them myself, and He’s even promised that I would never go hungry or thirsty (Mat. 5:6; John 6:35). He heals me when I’m sick, warms me when I’m cold. He’s my refuge and my strength (Ps. 46:1). He has even sent me words of encouragement, a whole book of love letters, down through the ages through our friends and family in the faith, and I try and read them every day.
He protects me from danger by putting a hedge around me (Job 1:10), and He delivers me from my enemies (Ps. 69:18). He comforts me when I’m distressed (2 Cor. 1:4-5) and continually sends me love gifts (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:1-31, 14:1, 12). He’s my hero because He saved me from certain death when He defeated the dragon and paid for my sins with His own life. It also turns out that He knew me from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Oh yes, He has had His eye on me for quite some time! With such love and concern who wouldn’t want a fiancé like that?
I am such a fortunate bride-to-be as He has taken a real hands-on approach to our up-coming nuptials. After being washed clean in His blood (Rev. 1:5) He has promised to provide a spotlessly white bridal gown (Rev. 7:13) with a matching tiara, or crown (2 Tim 4:8; 1 Pet. 5:4); and He’s taking care of all the wedding arrangements, including the specially grown wine (Mat. 6:29), the marriage supper (Rev. 19:9), the music (Rev. 14:2) and the guests (Mat. 22:9-12).
You should see some of the great pre-wedding gifts I’ve received from His Father. He’s already sent me the Comforter (2 Cor. 1:5, John 14:16-18), the gift of prophecy and ministering, the gift of teaching and encouraging others, mercy, forgiveness (1 Cor. 12:9, 14:1), and above all – love. His dad – our Father – has even made me co-heir with everything He has given to His Son (Rom. 8:17). Apparently, everything created was created just for Him (Col. 1:16). What do you say about a family like this?
And even as I’m telling you all this, my love’s off preparing many, many rooms in His Father’s house, so that where He is, there I will also be (John 14:2-3). Before we get married, my bridegroom’s coming on a great white horse, coming down on the clouds surrounded by other angelic horsemen (Rev. 19:11). Then, when we are finally married, surrounded by the massed choirs of the angels in heaven (Rev. 4:11), time for me will just stop! He will be my light (Mat. 5:14; 1 Pet. 2:9). There will no longer be darkness or despair (Rev. 21:4), nor any further tears of sadness. He will be life to my soul, my alpha and my omega (Rev. 22:13). Then I will be officially welcomed into the glory that is my Lord’s (Col. 1:27, 3:4; Heb. 2:10), and into the most powerful and the most loving family ever (2 Cor. 6:17-18)!
I really could keep on going, but I won’t, except to say that when I do finally meet Him I know I’ll be as He is (1 John 3:2). I love my beloved, and I know He loves me! God willing, our love affair will continue to grow and grow and never end. And I’ll tell you this - I’m so excited talking about all this that I just can’t wait!
All I can say is, Come Lord Jesus, come! (Rev. 22:17).
Bibliography: King James Bible,
The Message (Eugene Peterson)