The month of February is synonymous with Love, not least because on the 14th of this month our Western culture celebrates romantic love and have named it St Valentines Day. It is a time for sweethearts to proclaim their love for one another, for anniversaries to be remembered and marriage to be celebrated. Although, 2018 is not a leap year the next being in 2020 – February is a month (the 29th) when tradition says that a woman can propose marriage to a man!
So what really is the heart of the matter, not just in February but through a whole year and indeed every year of your life. Well, love of course.
Love is what we all need to exist and to be able to operate fully as human beings.
We have various experiences as children and if we are fortunate the people in our formative years will have shown us a great deal of love. When this doesn’t happen then going to seek love inappropriate ways may occur. The main difficulty is we often want everyone to love us and especially rely on the love of our fellow humans. Click for the full chapter on Love from my book Unfrozen.
Love is shown by the mutual love witnessed across meals in restaurants on Valentine’s Day. However, a small pocket of a day is not enough and in fact God created you and I to be very loving creatures. He knew that without love we falter and struggle to be the people He created us to be.
God is a loving God and a loving Father, though if our human Father was unloving this can be sometimes hard to accept. God is different and He is Love, and He loves YOU.
He is unequivocal in this fact as over a hundred verses in the Bible tells us. The thing is He loved us first before we could even show Him love back. He continues to love us even when there is no love back but why is this? It goes back to him being a loving God at the very core of His nature. Don’t misunderstand me, He can be many other things too, most of which is beyond our understanding, but the main thing He wants us to know is that He loves us.
Through this love is an expectation that we also love and show deep love for one another. We can do this especially when we know that love covers a multitude of sins. No matter how much we make mistakes love will forgive. Do you remember the last time you messed up, and when you went to the person nearest and dearest to you and apologized, and they forgave you.
God is much more. Let me know how much you love Him – firstname.lastname@example.org
We love because He First Loved Us.
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