As I watched my wife and son sitting in the floor of the living room preparing for Connors first Valentine’s Day party at school, it brought back memories of when I was a child. I can remember the anticipation as the minutes seemed to move ever so slowly. I recall the parents would start arriving at school with frosted cupcakes, little bags of assorted candy, and fruit punch to wash it all down. The food was all fine and dandy but I wanted the cards! I couldn’t hardly wait to see if one of the pretty girls in class might give me a special Valentines card to let me know she thought I was cute, nice, or interested in me in some way. On the other hand, I was a bit nervous at the thought that one of the less attractive girls in my class might express similar interests. Awkward!
Isn’t it interesting how we have a national holiday which encourages us to give cards to express how we feel about one another? Last year over 160 million cards were exchanged for Valentine’s Day alone. At an average price of $1.50 per card, Hallmark alone would profits over $120 million dollars.
Long before Hallmark or Valentine’s Day, the Lord used 40 common men to write to all of humanity the greatest love letter ever assembled. In this letter he provided mankind with knowledge and understanding of their greatest problem (sin) and the only solution to their problem (Jesus). He proclaims His vengeance upon those who die in their sin without obeying the gospel and at the same time wants us to realize He is loving, merciful, just, gracious, patient, tender, forgiving, and caring just to name a few.
The most well known and often quoted passage of Scripture declares and reminds us of His love. In John’s gospel we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (3:16).” Yet there are numerous Scriptures in which God proclaims His love toward us.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
The question I was to challenge you to consider is simply, “What are you doing with His love?” Are you living a life full of sin? Are you allowing your selfish desires to take up residency within your heart? Do you make it a point to be compassionate like Jesus? Are you more concerned with self or others? Do you value the message of the gospel to the point you can’t help but share it with others? Does your love for the Lord cause you to look forward to assembling with other believers on the first day of the week to commemorate the sacrifice made upon the cross through the observance of the Lord’s Supper? Does the love of God cause you to teach your children diligently about Him and His ways?
I want to hear from you. Aside from the verses I shared above, what is your favorite scripture, quote, Biblical story, etc which reminds you of the love the Lord has for you? What are you doing with his love? How is your life different once you came to understand His love for you? Please share your answers in the comment box below.