This is the obligatory Valentine’s Day blog (it’s not like I don’t write about love all the time, right?), so here goes!
The first time I fell in love I was eighteen months old and I remember it very well, his name was Johnny Hyers and he had red hair. I would cry because I wanted to sit with him in church, and his mother made him sit with me on the front row. I laugh as I think about how easy love is when you are very young, you just cry and get your way, over and done with, simple! As you get older someone tells you that you have to act as if you don’t like a boy to make him like you more, I guess the jury is still out on that one, depending on the “boy” or “girl” you are trying to impress, right? The truth is that love should be based on honesty and loyalty to one another, a commitment to lean on each other so that neither of you will fall, or fail.
All of the above is either true or hogwash you just have to learn for yourself and then write and let me know, that’s all I know about that, however…
I can tell you that the very only true and undefiled love the world has ever know was the act of love it took for God to give His one and only Son to save the world from their sin. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that who-so-ever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
I have been listening to the New Testament this week and it struck me once again that love is the theme, the love that God had for His Son, the love His Son Jesus had for us and the love that we should feel toward our fellow man, which is the truest way you can know a person is a card carrying Christian.
So let me leave you with one of my most favorite scriptures, which just happens to be appropriate for today,
Romans 8:31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Happy Valentine’s Day!