On this Valentine’s Day – couples will spend a bunch of money to profess their “love” for one another.
And while on this Hallmark holiday the media may pretend to embolden what it means to “love” – it misses the mark on what love really is.
The truth is – the greatest love you will ever find cannot be found between two people – it can only be found in the source of love itself.
As the Bible clearly states – God is love.
Not only does He love – but He is love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:7-12
People in this world will disappoint us – always. Even those we love.
We are all sinners, and often our desires are selfish and not aligned with the will of God.
While ideally, we are to be renewed by His spirit each day – in this life, it will be a battle until God calls us home.
The only way we can fully love one another as God intends is if we first love God – and are filled with His spirit.
It is when we are filled up with the love of God that we are free to spill over His love onto others.
Many people confuse love with simple romance – not understanding that true love means we are called to lay down our lives for one another.
That is a tall calling!
But then we go back to the cross – and see how God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to live the perfect life we could never live – so He could die on a cross and pay the ultimate penalty for our sins once and for all.
Jesus’s death and resurrection was done out of love – His love for us.
And through this – all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior will spend forever with Him in eternity.
That is love.
And there is no greater love than what Jesus did for us.
So this Valentine’s Day as you spend time with those you love remember the greatest love of all.
Sure it’s nice to go out for dinner or buy your significant other roses – but make sure you’re loving those in your life well ALL the days of the year – not just on a manufactured holiday.
This verse is often recited at weddings – but it should serve as a reminder for each of us to live out God’s definition of real love every day.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Do you struggle to live a life of love?
How can you ask God to help you love others as He loves you?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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