Denis and I like so many, will exchange cards and gifts on the 14th February, and it is a day in our calendar which we enjoy, like our wedding aniversay.
The shops are draped in Red Hearts and this week becomes very special for those who are in romantically entwined in love.
For those who are not, it is a reminder that they are ‘without’, and as a culture, which centres around couples this can bring heartache.
It is the week of Saint Valentine—cards will be bought, flowers purchased and restaurants booked all are symbols to tell your nearest and dearest that they are loved.
The truth is we all have a symbol of love—it is the cross.
It is on this that ‘Love’ came down to rescue you and me.
When the Bible says; “For God so loved the world,” it does not mean He loves the physical earth that He created, a piece of land, the place where we all live. It means the people and creatures who live here. No matter what our lives turn out to be—He loves us.
It is quite a simple statement and yet sometimes we have enormous difficulty accepting it. There are barriers put in place:
- ‘God does not care or there would not be so much suffering in the world …’
- ‘I am unlovable because I have done dreadful things.’
- ‘My own father did not show love so how can I call God ‘Father’?’
- And so it goes on
Our thoughts and opinions do not change God’s heart, attitude or being. He still loves us and was willing to sacrifice himself, his son for us.
You see, to God’s mind, He wanted to give a demonstration of what love is really like, what it could do, achieve and how it could be shown.
He did this through Jesus.
There is a beautiful song by Brian Johnson using the scripture from Psalm 18:16 called, ‘Love came down and rescued me’. A lovely cover version by Kari Jobe is well worth listening to. Does it give you goosebumps? Can you see or feel His love for you more than the usual love songs you hear on the radio?
- Who is your real Valentine this year?
- Who has already sent His heart to you.
Could it be God?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
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