At some point in time in the late 2000s and early 2010s, the Lord impressed on my heart to stop hating Valentine’s Day and to see it as a day to love Jesus and love others. I was working in Skilled Nursing at the time and I felt like God wanted me to tell my patients and residents, especially those who were not regularly visited by family, relatives or friends that Jesus loves them, knows them and cares for them.
Precious Reader, whether you are single, dating, married, having relational issues please receive this: “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:15-16 ESV).
Whatever anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, burden that is plaguing you, remember that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Precious reader, if you are in Christ, there is no need to fear punishment, death or eternal separation from God. God loves with a love that we cannot even begin to comprehend this side of heaven. The fact that Jesus loved us so much, that He was willing to suffer and die for our sins, to reconcile us to the Father is truly life-changing.
Love is not floaty words and feelings. Love is a verb, it is an action and it is messy, painful and very hard work. “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Precious Reader, I do not know the circumstances, trials, mountain top experiences you are having right now, but what I do know is that if you are in Christ, you are a new creation. Please, take some time today to thank our Triune God for His love for you. Thank Him that even when the people whom we love the most let us down, that He loves us still. Today, I challenge you (and myself as well) to find someone and tell them they are loved.
I love you and thank you for the gift of your time.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Father God, thank You Lord for Your amazing love, mercy and grace. May we grow in our practice of loving and serving You and others not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day. Lord, for the person who is having a hard time accepting Your love for them, I ask that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to the Truth while softening and convicting their heart. Father God, thank You for Your perfect love. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.