Valentines day is such a great day to celebrate love in all its forms and there are many of them. There is the love which children have for their parents, the fierce love which parents feel for their children, young love which attracts boy to girl, the deepening love which leads to marriage, the compassionate love which reaches out to others in a practical way such as in the bush fires in Australia and the more recent devastation in Haiti.
Human love is in most cases conditional, often based on emotions and circumstances. Children can sometimes grow up to have no love or respect for their parents, we “fall in love” and we “fall out of love” often, we marry promising to live together “till death do us part” and divorce as soon as things do not work out, we forget about those in need almost as soon as the media coverage drops.
If we were honest then most of the time our love for others is based on their love for us.
Lets look at the motivation behind Gods love for us.
Romans 5:8 says “But God proved His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
Consider that thought. God created us and wanted to take delight in us. We originally turned our backs on that love in Eden and have consistently done so ever since. In a marriage the majority of us would turn our backs on our partners and either divorce and move on or feel rejected and shrivel up inside while staying in a loveless marriage.
God did not turn His back on us rather He did the opposite. He knew we did not love Him but He paid the penalty anyway. He proved that He loved us and still wanted to take delight in us. He sent His Son to offer the opportunity for us to accept His love and learn to delight in Him as He so wants to delight in us. A love which reaches out to people who often don’t return it is almost beyond our comprehension.
What should our response to this remarkable form of love be?
God’s love cost Him dearly. The Bible says “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13). This truth is evident many times in history as one person sacrifices himself for the life of his friend. But we were not Gods friends. History and our own experiences show that we could not care less. Yet God loved us anyway. We learned to care about Him when He reached into our misery and pointed us to the proof of His love evident in the cross.
When we feel loved we feel valued and validated in our lives. We walked with joyful steps and head held high. We feel like singing. Such a deep love which does not count the cost should fill our lives with untold joy and happiness. This valentines day may your heart be filled with an understanding of Gods love as you find time to worship God and thank Him in song from your heart.