For some, the word “love” has been exhausted. We use it to express items and desires which have little to nothing to do with people.
“Oh I just love that purse!”
“I love your new car!”
“This pizza is amazing! I love it.”
We’ve all experienced hurt from “love” as well. Those seasons in life when the person who uttered the words, “I love you” really didn’t mean them. Some of us have been slighted by people we believed to be “loving” and learned later, they weren’t, at least not to us.
The best kind of love? God’s love – the one we can all connect with whether we are married, single, divorced, separated, or in friendships. While Valentine’s Day is a day to let those around us know how much we love them and focuses primarily on romantic love, God’s Valentine’s Day is every day and for every person willing to accept Him.
I once heard Billy Graham say, “No matter what sin you have committed, no matter how dirty, shameful or terrible it may be, God loves you. You may be at the very gate of hell itself, but God loves you with an everlasting love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the languages of men and of angels,
but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy
and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor
and surrender my body to the flames,
but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
I pray today the love of God touches you in so many ways. Happy Valentine’s Day!