For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers [or readers] find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard [or read] the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
With that in mind, I explored 31 different books of the Bible for God's character, especially how He loves. As I read, I asked, “What does this tell me about God and who He is?” I looked for clues about His character, His likes, His dislikes, His way of acting. I didn't look for rules, principles, or bullet points, but for the living, feeling, thinking, acting Person of God.
To my delight, I found that what I often think of as a mute, bleak, boring, incomprehensible Bible suddenly exploded with color, life, meaning, and even deeper wells to explore. God revealed Himself to be One with dimension and complexity and beauty and power and gentleness. And, most of all, One who loves.
Do you wonder how God really is too? Do you read books filled with definitive statements about God and wonder if He is really like that? If so, I have something for you today. I compiled the series into an ebook, 31 Days of Love Letters: Searching Scripture for How God Loves, that can be read on any e-reader, such as a Kindle, iPad, mobile device, Nook, even straight from your computer. Each day is written in a devotional style, with Scripture at the beginning and ending for reflection and response. I'm giving it away as a gift of thanks to anyone who subscribes to the blog, in hopes that it will help you as you seek to know God.
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