Dear Valentine

Valentine’s Day. The day on the calendar that is designated to love and the expression of it. Cards, candy, special dinners, etc. Of course I participate and take it all in! I have no problem with Valentine’s day and it is not because I have a significant other, not even friends to share it with. It is because true love was found on the cross and has risen again. I love the people in my life but when all is stripped down to bare minimum it is the love of Christ that has saved me. He is the one who never leaves, who never hurts, who heals, and who forgives.

If we are true givers of love, our abundance does not overload on a single day but should be lavished for a lifetime.  Just as Christ loves us, we in response should love. It is simply not enough to take in, take in, take in and not breathe out. Our expressions shouldn’t be demonstrated once and for all or when it is convenient but God’s love is deeper and so is our responsibility. Love is to lay down your life for a brother, to sacrifice, to love the unloving and the un-loveable. True love is not about hype or emotion. The more I grow and learn, the more love takes the form of commitment and dedication. Are we committed to righteous things or are we fly by lovers? Here today, gone tomorrow, living life for ourself, only stepping in the shallow end of the pool?

We are all Valentines, for truly valentines are chosen, are sought after, and are given deep love- That is exactly what God has done for you, for me. It breaks my heart when others feel rejected because of one day in a month or those who look for constant meaning in a lover. Some voids can never be filled by our own strength- only with the love of the one who created you. Your worth is not found in another but in the image of Christ. If you only knew how valuable you are! You are a valentine.

“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36:7

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14

“Indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8.39

 

Live today, tomorrow, and the next overflowing with love. Knowing the gift you carry, aware of those who need it most.

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