Well here we are at the holiday of love. Millions of people everywhere are spending lots of money to show their love to the one they have given their heart to. I like having a special day to surprise my beloved with a card and a small gift. I also thoroughly enjoy whatever card or gift he chooses for me.
But how much does it really cost to show someone you love them? How can we be sure we are loved? How do we know that the one who says they love us will be here for the long haul? Can we trust love? Tina Turner asks us, “What’s love got to do with it?” and she goes on to call love a second hand emotion. People have sung songs about found love, lost love, unrequited love and bad love (that’s a misnomer surely). But can we find true love? And how do we recognize it for what it really is?
And what happens if we don’t have the love we so desire? What do we do with a lover’s holiday if we don’t have something to fill it? No box of candy, no bouquet of flowers, and in some cases not so much as a nod in our direction. Are we destined to live a less than life? In the shadows of could have been, would have been, should have been?
There is one who loves you beyond your wildest imagination. You cannot begin to fathom the love that the Lord has for you. You are on the ground floor of love and He is in the penthouse, so our view is often clouded by circumstances, dreams and disappointments. But God’s love pulls us up to His level. It completes us. His love transforms us. We who were destined to try to make do are now full of God’s love
Oh beloved, if I could give you one thing for Valentine’s Day it would be a real understanding of the love God has for you. There is no beginning to His love – you did not earn it. There is no ending to His love – you cannot lose it. There is no place where you live that God won’t come and show you His love. You don’t have to be anything for God to love you. You are indeed loved. And because you are loved you can rest in and rejoice about and enjoy that love.
What’s love got to do with it? I’ll tell you. It has everything to do with it. Because of love, God created you, Jesus rescued you, the Holy Spirit covers you and you have been given a new life, a fulfilling purpose and you can walk in the light of His love. Other people may disappoint you, reject you, belittle you, upset you. But God’s love seals your heart so that you can walk free.
Walk beloved, no dance, in the fact that God loves you and He’s for you and His love is forever and ever and then some!
Romans 8:39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Romans 5:7-9 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
Psalm 57:10 For Your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Ephesians 3:18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.