Many people want to have a better, deeper relationship with Jesus. They want to experience that perfect relationship with Jesus that they hear others talk about. They want to fall in love with Him like they hear so many preachers say that you are suppose to do. They search and they seek but are having no luck. They are told to pray, so they pray. They are told to read the bible, so they read it. They are told to fall in love with Jesus, and they so desperately want to, but they can not seem to build that relationship with Him no matter how bad they want to. They walk around feeling shame because they know that He deserves to be loved like no other and they do not love Him more than anyone else. They wonder in the back of their mind if God is even really still for them because of the lack of love and honor that they have and show towards Him by their actions. Some even feel as they may not even be saved because of the lack of love that they have towards Him. They want to fall in love with Him but just do not know how to.
Falling in love with Jesus and having that relationship with Him happens just like how you gain a deeper relationship with a person. You get to know them more in depth and you fall in love with the person that they are. You love their character. The more you get to know them the more you care for them and the deeper you fall in love with them. And it is the same way with Jesus. You have to get to know Him as a person and then get to know how much He loves you. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
To get to know Jesus you have to read the bible. It was recorded for that reason. It was recorded so that all generations could get to know Jesus and all that He has done for us. It was recorded so that all generations could know that they have been saved from the penalty of sin by Jesus shedding His blood and dying on the cross for us. His genuine love for us was written about so that it could never be twisted or forgotten about. His words were recorded so that He could speak them to each one of us over and over again. The bible is His living words to us, the truth of His unconditional love for each one of us that remains forever. It is often times been called God’s love letter to His children. It becomes more personal when we read it if we replace words such as they, we, them, you, and etc. with me, I, mine, and etc. But most importantly we have to believe what we are reading. We have to believe that it happened and that it pertains to us just as much as it does anyone else.
When I asked where to start reading about Jesus and His love for me I was told that the book of John was a good book to start in. But there is no certain place in the bible that you have to start reading at. You can choose to start on page one if you want. Throughout the whole bible it speaks about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the love that there is towards us but the new testament is the place to start if you want to read about the new relationship that is between you and God because of the works that Jesus did and your new identity in Christ. It is where you will read about the love of Jesus and the new life that is available to you because of Him. It is where you can read about the forgiveness of your sins and the power that you have over the enemy and your sinful nature. It is the place that you can find out about the man that loves you so much that He willingly died so that you could live. It is the knowledge about Jesus that will make you fall in love with Him if you believe and receive the fact that He did it all for YOU!
I think that it would be fair to say that all of us have had at least the quick thought of if our relationship with God is really okay because of our imperfections and the things that we do. Because of the way of humanity and our experiences with the reactions of others concerning our faults and failures it can be challenging to believe that it is even possible for someone to not judge us or hold anything against us at all and accept us for who we are. Because of the experiences of being heartbroken you may question if true, unconditional love even exist. Because of our experience with rejection and/or abandonment we have a hard time believing that there is someone that will never leave or forsake us.
Some of us have experienced so much heartache in our lives that it has caused us to shut off the connection to our heart. We have formed such thick walls around our heart that it has become somewhat cold. We think that we are protecting ourselves but we are only hurting ourselves even further. And when we have those thick walls Jesus is unable to reach us like He desires to. He is unable to reach the depths of our soul that He wants to heal. He is unable to give us the love that He has for us and can’t make His home in our hearts because we won’t allow Him in. He desires to have a deep personal relationship with you and He wants to shower you in His love for you but you have to allow Him to do so. We have to let Him love us. And from that love is where the relationship begins and strengthens as you get to know Him and the way that He feels about you.
Get out your bible, your love letter from God, and start to learn about God and the love that He has for you. Learn about all the things that Jesus endured just for you. Learn about the unconditional, perfect love that He wants to share with you. Get to know Him, allow Him to love you, and watch your relationship grow as you fall in love with Him.
These are some of the scriptures that gave me a deeper understanding of God’s love, Jesus and what He did for me, and my new relationship with God because of what Jesus did, that made me allow Him to love me and made me fall in love with Him. I hope that they help you as well. Romans chapters 4-11, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Galatians 2:15-4:17, Ephesians 1:3-4:6, Philippians 2:6-11, Colossians 1:13-22 & 2:6-15, Hebrews chapter1 & 2:9-18 &4:14-16 & 7:18-10:22, 1 Peter 2:23-25