Valentine’s Day is just four days away and, in all likelihood, when I go to the grocery store this afternoon, I’ll once again succumb to the tradition of buying a bag or two of those little candy hearts . . . you know, the ones that taste like chalk and are inscribed with cute little endearments like “SWEET”, “CUTE” or “HUG ME”. My favorite inscription, however, is the one that says, “BE MINE” because it reminds me of Isaiah 43:1 where God says these words to His beloved children: “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you . . . ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.’”
Yes, it’s that time of year again; a day when you may receive or give flowers, balloons, candy or cards to the ones you love! All over the world, it’s the day that people show their love by giving something tangible to their special some ones . . . and this reminds me of another scripture about a tangible gift that was given in love to us over 2,000 years ago:
“But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Unlike God’s gift, after Valentine’s Day is over, the flowers will die, the candy will be eaten, the balloons will lose their air and fall to the ground, and the cards will get tossed in a box somewhere or even be thrown away, but God’s love for us, and the love that is shared with one another, will never pass away.
Isaiah 54:10 says “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
And oh, how He loves us! Recently I read an article written by teacher and author, Robert Wells, and in it, he pointed out some amazing traits about God’s Love for us.
“His love is perfect. There is nothing that can be added to or taken away from God’s love. It is complete. He cannot love you anymore than he does right now and his love for you yesterday was the same as it is today, and it will be the same tomorrow. And there is absolutely nothing that you can do to cause God to love you any less.
God’s love is eternal. God’s love for us will never cease nor will it ever end. It is unchanging and unalterable, and it will never run out. There is no way that you can use up, exhaust, or consume God’s love.
God’s love is personal. God loves each and every one of us. We are not just a number amongst millions and billions of others. He desires a personal and intimate loving relationship with you. He longs for the time when you simply talk to him, when you think about him, when you ask for his help or guidance, when you ask him to speak to your heart about some matter. His love for you is so great that you walk surrounded and bathed in his love. He wants you to know that he is concerned about every single aspect of your life.
Many ignore him their entire lives, never think about him, never try to find out what he is like, never take the time to get to know him, never talk to him, never ask for his guidance. That has no effect at all on his love for you. He will still wait for that day when you begin to accept him and realize that he wants to rain down upon you that awesome perfect unconditional love. That love is there and it will always be there, just waiting for you. And the person who understands this incredible love and who has put their faith and trust in the hands of Jesus, knows beyond a doubt, that Jesus will never ever give up on anyone.
God’s love is beyond our understanding. Not one of us knows why God loves us and has saved us. Yes, we know that God is love, and that we are his creation, that we are his children, but it is still mysterious to realize that even as we continue to sin, as we continue to fail him, as we continue to break the promises that we make to him, as we continue to be disobedient to him, he still loves us as much as he ever did. God never says, “That’s it, no more love! I’ve had it with you!” You can’t do anything to get God to stop loving you. God’s unconditional love is far beyond our understanding.
Yes, God hates the sin, but even as we are sinning, he still loves us with that perfect unconditional love. It is a love that is simply beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Man’s inability to understand God’s great love is probably best described by Paul in Ephesians 3:19, where in describing God’s love he uses the term, “a love which surpasses all knowledge”.
God’s love is measureless and limitless. There is no way that we can exhaust the love of God. There are no limitations or boundaries on God’s capacity to love, and that is why God deeply loves the most unrepentant sinner and waits anxiously for the day that he asks to be forgiven.
God’s love has no favorites. God does not have favorites and he loves the sinner as much as he loves the saint, but he does have intimates, and these are the people who spend time with him, who talk to him, who listen to him, who obey him, who seek his guidance, who love his word, who want to learn how to love him. These intimates are the ones who want to find God’s best for their lives. And God makes this intimacy available to each and every one of us. So this all powerful, all mighty God of love wants you as one of his close personal intimates.”
Scripture also tells us in 1 John 4:19 that “We love because He first loved us.” His love for us has taught us to love, and the love we receive from God allows us to return that love and spread it to others.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27
The number one reason why each of us was born is because God loves us. You were created by God to love and to be loved, and His love for us is the greatest thing in the entire universe, seconded by the love we have for each other. The very essence of God’s being, his personality, his very nature – is love and the whole motivation for God sending Jesus into this world was love. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.”
As you watch the following video, it is my hope that on this Valentine’s Day and every day of your lives, you will always be reminded of His great love for you and for every person He has created.
Thank you, Father, for your amazing love! For loving me so much that you sent your only Son to die in my place, to take the punishment for my sin, even though I am the one who deserved it. Thank you for loving me so much that you would show me such mercy! Help me, Father, to completely surrender to you every part of me . . . every part of my life . . . so that I can truly say I love you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. And as I do, that my heart would be filled with your compassion and great love for others. Father, I want to see others in the same way you do and love them with the same love. Help me to do that, Lord, through the power of your Holy Spirit, so that others will see and come to know your great love. And I ask all of these things in the precious Name of your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.