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"God's Living Valentine"

 

February 1, 2020 | View PDF



Valentine’s Day! There’s truly not another day quite like it. Millions, perhaps billions, of dollars are spent each year to celebrate this day. Then, after the hundreds of pounds of chocolate have been gobbled up and the millions of cards have been exchanged, there comes the inevitable follow up….February 15.

That’s the day when we go back to our daily grind and all that focus on love typically gets thrown out with the wrappers and cards. This probably happens because we put so much emphasis on the temporary and emotionally driven feeling called love, which is why it is so important to remember that God sends us a very different message.

“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then, my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken.” says the LORD, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10

Isn’t this amazing? Long after our flowers have faded and the feelings have waned, God’s love endures beyond even the foundations of the earth! That’s because His love for us isn’t centered in our beauty, behavior or even our love for Him. God’s love flows from the unconditional affection and commitment of the perfect Father’s heart.

And here is the best part! When we decide to share the love that God has for us with others, it will have an eternal impact. In fact, loving others the way that God loves us is the only meaningful thing that will last forever. Love will never become obsolete (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).

This Valentine’s Day remember that love is so much more than flowers and candy and cards. It is even more than the deepest feelings you experience, because real love is expressed by unconditional commitment and unwavering dedication to our loved ones—which should be everyone!

That’s why God didn’t spend billions of dollars on us, He sacrificed His priceless Child. He didn’t send us flowers, but He allowed a crown of thorns to be put on Jesus’ brow. He didn’t send us a card, but He demonstrated the ultimate Valentine.

Let’s make every day a “Valentine’s Day”. For God so loved the world, and so should we. I invite you to allow yourself to be God’s living Valentine to a world that desperately needs to know what love is truly all about.

Many Blessings & Much Love!

 

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