Valentine’s Day is a day focused on love. Businesses like Hallmark and florists around the country capitalize on this holiday. We focus on people in our lives that we love and spend special care to let them know how we feel.
One thing we sometimes don’t think about is where love comes from. 1 John 4:7 tells us, “Let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.” So, God is the creator of love. In fact, the Bible spends quite a bit of time talking about love and, specifically, God’s love for us. I like to spend time in my Bible reading about this, especially when I’m not feeling terribly lovable but that doesn’t matter to God. Psalm 136 repeats it over and over; “His faithful love endures forever” – 26 times! Do you think David was trying to make a point about how much God loves us? Another Psalm says, “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” And again in yet another Psalm, David says, “the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.”
God’s love for us is amazing! Romans 5:8 tells us that “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” He didn’t wait for us to get it all together, but loved us enough to save us while we were still sinning!
God’s love so much bigger than our human love can even understand. He loves us and asks us to love others. Matthew 19:19 says, “love your neighbor as yourself” which we can sort of do, then in Luke 6:27 we are told, “Love your enimies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” We are reminded of how important this is in Matthew 5:46-48, “If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.” So, how do we love those that are hard for us to love?
This can only happen by letting God’s love and spirit fill us. He will fill us so it can overflow to others. On this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to remember God’s love for you. He loves you with an everlasting love!
Happy Valentine’s Day!