Sometimes, love is hard. Sometimes, it feels like work. Sometimes, it feels like drowning. Sometimes, it feels like grief. Sometimes, it feels like emptiness. Sometimes, it feels like a trial. God’s love is none of these. The love He has for us is pure. It feels like winning. It feels like joy. It feels like comfort. It feels like peace. It is holy. It feels like love should, and nothing can separate us from it. Our earthly love is flawed and the love we wish to receive from others is flawed as well. We can try to make up for it on Valentine’s Day or any other day and it will seem an impossible task, but try we must! So why not embrace the opportunity to practice love that day with vigor and dedication. They do make it easy on us with all the hearts about….
This does not necessarily mean you need practice this in a capitalistic traditional sense, but it does give you an excellent excuse to expose your heart and do as Christ commanded. To give, to sacrifice, to express, to kiss, to embrace…While there are many that will turn up their noses at another chance for the economy to get a boost in chocolate sales, why don’t we see it as an opportunity to invite others to experience His love on Sunday, February 14th, 2016? (Or the following Sunday? Even better?) Why don’t we give someone a break…your roommate, your mom, your friend. Why don’t we put away devices and fears and love our children that day by coming alongside them in prayer? Why don’t we show our spouse our hearts and show sacrificial love in a way we have never been able to before? Why don’t we use it as a way to kick start a year of love? A Christ-centered Valentine resolution. Why don’t we take on loving Christ as He loved us. God has commanded us to love one another, and spending our time and effort and hard earned cash on someone we love is not a bad way to go about it. Prayer is also a currency of love. Spend it. Spend all of it.
I want every day to be Valentine’s Day because I love candy, and I love candy given to me because I am loved. But really, I want to experience God’s love every day and I want to do a better job doing as I am commanded. Valentine resolution: I love you people, please forgive me for my flawed love…I’m going to try harder.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”