February is the month of love and, to most people hearts symbolize love. Everywhere we turn we see hearts, pink hearts, red hearts, purple hearts; there are hearts on the internet, hearts in stores, heart apps on our phones. Not only are decorations in abundance but notions of love are everywhere in movies, in sitcoms, and even social media is filled with love to the point of making your profile picture love themed.
Our culture seems to be in love with love because love is such a hot topic lets read what the Holy Bible says about the love God has for us. God loves us outrageously, without measure, and the most important thing is God’s love for us. Never doubt, God loves you and me. God loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins so we could have communion or be close to Him.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Son, so that everyone believes in Him would not die but would have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world so that He would condemn the world, but so that the world would be saved through Him.” [John 3:16,17]
God wants you to know He LOVES you and wants to dwell in you and be part of your life.
“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” [Ephesians 3:17-19]
God loves you; God loves you, God loves you. In fact, God loved you so much He sent His Son to die as a sacrifice for your sins and mine, which kept us from a Holy God, so now we could be reunited with God.
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” [Isaiah 59:1,2]
What LOVE God has for us, the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ not only allowed us to become children of God, it enabled us to become new people in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” [2 Corinthians 5:17-21]
In the proceeding verse, we learned that as Christians who bear the name of Christ we are God’s ambassadors in this world. Ambassadors do not go places and carry out their personal agenda, but they follow the plans or guidelines of the country or official who sent them. So, as God’s emissaries, we must find out what God says about love. This is what Jesus Christ replied when asked about the most important commandment.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, instructed us to love God and love our neighbors, now let us look at the scriptures for the definition of Biblical love.
“Love has patience, love is kind, not jealous, love does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor, it does not seek things for itself, it does not become angry, it does not charge evil to another, it does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices together in truth; it endures all things, it believes all things, it hopes all things, it is steadfast in all things.” [1 Corinthians 13:4-7]
What if love is not about what we get but about what we give? God is love. God knew love was and is an action and God gave us the ultimate example of love in the gift of His Son.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” [1 John 5:7-11]
Would that we would cry out with David of old, and say.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me bless His holy name.” [Psalm 103:1,2]
God, I love you, give me the strength to love you more and more until my whole being is filled with you. Fortify me that I may serve you because I love you. Surround me with your presence, fill me with your Holy Spirit, live in me, abide in me, conquer my nature with your love till all that is left is the sweet, sweet fragrance of you. Nothing I ever can give will ever compare to the gift you gave me on Calvary. So I give you what can, I give you my dreams, my children, my adoration, my worship, my praise, my obedience, my present, my future, my prayers, my gifts, my breath, and my life to be used for your glory.
God loves you. He loves you; He loves you.
What will you give God back in return?
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY,
“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Print -Used by permission.” [All Biblical references in this article are derived from the NASB]