Valentine’s day. Just those 2 words get some people excited while filling others with dread.
As a society, it seems like love is our goal in life… like it is linked to happiness and fulfillment. We dream about it, seek it out, allow it to guide our relationships, feel hurt when it is taken away and wrestle with our identity if it never comes.
Have you ever noticed that “Love” as an emotion sort of comes and goes. I can say the wrong thing and lose the “Love” of a friend. I can do the wrong thing and cool the “Love” in my marriage. At times my children are screaming “I don’t love you”. I can even make my dog mad and (for a short time) he will withhold “love” from me.
This year as Valentine’s day approaches I am reminded that we were made in the image of God. The bible says “God is love” (1 John 4:16 NASB). So it is natural for us to seek and show love.
But we have to remember that the kind of love we experience here on Earth is only a temporary imitation of the real thing.
God is the original love!
I just want to take a moment and bask in the One True Love that is given freely to all and can never be cooled or lost!!!!!!
Not only did He love us first, He showed His love by making a way for us to have a relationship (far better than any relationship we pursue here)!
And He made it so that we can have victory in life and so that nothing could ever take that Love away!!!!!!!
He shows His love in beautiful ways. He is our Mighty Warrior who sings over us in joy and is quiet about our mistakes in His love!
In several places He calls us beloved.
In other places it says we are chosen by God.
He takes pleasure in us.
He delights in us.
In Deuteronomy He says our love is enough to bring his blessing (not only on us), but on a 1000 generations of our descendants!
In countless other places we are told God provides for us, protects us, teaches us, comforts us and the list goes on and on.
In fact, God’s love for us is so big that we can’t ever quite get the full measure of it this side of glory!!!!!
Have you experienced this True Love? Do you know that you are Loved far beyond what you could ever ask for or imagine?!?!
Now that is a love to celebrate! That is the kind of love to shout from the roof tops! That is Amazing love and it has forever changed my life!
“14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3: 14-21 NASB)
Happy Valentine’s day y’all!!!!!
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