Valentine's Every Day
“God is love”
1 John 4:8
Most people enjoy a good love story. Ask my wife, next to any movie with Matt Damon playing Jason Borne my favorite movies to watch are love stories. That’s just one reason why I read my Bible. It’s a love story beginning in the book of Genesis all the way through to the book of Revelation. Heck, even the maps at the back of my Bible convey the distance love would travel to reach people with the message of Jesus. Yes, friend, the Bible is the number one love story of all time and is the basis of all true love stories.
On Valentine’s Day, the world celebrates love, mostly the kind of love that the Bible would best describe as a love between friends and or love between lovers. In other words on Valentine’s Day we celebrate mutual friendship and mutual love and yet when we read the story of God’s love in the Bible we find a love unlike any other kind of love this world has ever known. God’s agape love is best described as “one way love” as God’s love for us has nothing to do with our love for Him. God loves us for the simple fact, He is love and everything, and I mean everything He does is motivated and empowered by His love.
Like any good love story the Bible is filled with suspense and drama as the plot unfolds from the very beginning. God’s desire for mankind appears to have been frustrated by a villain (every good love story has a villain) who deceived the object of God’s love by bringing into question and causing doubt of God’s devotion for them, ultimately taking the man and his wife into captivity. Fueled by a rebellious choice the man and woman end up living behind enemy lines. Because God is love He had already initiated a rescue operation, a plan of redemption, that would both set the captive free but at the same time would destroy the work of the enemy.
God’s plan wasn’t to send an army to rescue His bride from this evil foe. He didn’t hire a team of experts, special forces to risk life and limb to set her free. No, the love of God is demonstrated by the fact that when He came to rescue us Himself, God came alone. Jesus didn’t just risk it all, He paid the ultimate price in that He sacrificed His very life to pay the ransom for our freedom, to buy us off the auction block of slavery. Yes, loved one, you and I will never in this life fully comprehend nor appreciate the depths that God has gone to prove to us His love.
God’s love for us is unlike any love that the world has ever known because His love is not based on mutuality, God’s love is based on the fact that He is love. Believe it or not, there has never been a moment in eternity when God has not loved us. He has loved us before the world ever was. God has loved us with an everlasting love that is not bound by space or time. Every other love this world has ever known pales in comparison to the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus.
God doesn’t love you because of your external beauty or your monetary worth. There is no thought or deed you have ever committed that has caused His love to waiver. The good news today is we dont have to wait for Valentine’s Day to learn about how much God loves us as His Word is our love letter, our Valentine. Below are just a few verses that I pray speak to your heart and remind you just how much you are loved today and every day by God.
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I LOVE YOU!
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