1 John 4:9, 10 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Valentine’s Day is a special day to remember those who are especially dear to us. I tend to be the romantic type and I love to give my sweetheart flowers, particularly yellow roses or a gardenia. Today is a special day to say and to be told, “I love you.” A special day to remember the love we give and the love we receive.
While the giving of cards, flowers or gifts is special, it’s particularly wonderful to be together – to take the time to enjoy one another. In the midst of busy schedules, we need to slow down and be there for each other. I so relate to the bunny Thumper in the movie Bambi when Donna smiles at me and I see the twinkle in her eyes. The thrill that goes through me is beyond words. I will thump my chest with my hand just like Thumper ‘thumping’ the ground with his hind paw – and we will laugh.
The two greatest gifts in my life are gifts of love and I never dreamed that I would ever receive either of them. Never did I think that a girl would love me the way Donna does! And even more amazing is the fact that our love not only doesn’t grow old – it gets better with time. We ‘get to’ spend every day of our lives loving one another! Our love was a gift to us from our Lord. And as wonderful as this gift of love is, He gave us one even better. He gave us Himself in Jesus.
How do we describe the absolute wonder of His love for us? It is so much more than a theological reality – it is an experiential reality that He perpetually blesses us with. He loves us and enables us to be blessed even more by loving Him in return. I still pinch myself at times because it seems like I have won the Lotto of the Ages. The day He broke through into my life (October 11, 1968) is even more stunning than the day that Donna and I met and were engaged (2 ¼ hours later –August 25, 1969). I went from lost to found; from left out to included in; from being lonely to being chosen; from having a Matterhorn of doubt to seeing it leveled; to being clean inside from head to toe, and being swept up in love like I never dreamed existed.
My whole world became new – inside and out! Jesus not only became my Lord, He made me His own. The wonders of being made clean inside and being forgiven still overwhelm me. They never grow old; like His mercies they are new every morning. Please take time today not only to communicate your love to those dear to you, but to focus upon Jesus. After all, His coming for us is the very definition of love.