It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of February!
February is our shortest month and it has Valentine’s Day right in the middle. And Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr who was put to death on February 14th 270 A.D. His name was St. Valentine. This day, week, and month are typically associated with love.
Today, we make it about romantic love. However, for the last few weeks, I have been surrounded with scriptures about God’s love for us. Everywhere I have looked or read something, it has revealed God’s love for us.
When I was young, my mom always taught us that the greatest gift of all was love. I have never forgotten that lesson. And the older that I have gotten, I have learned that the greatest gift of all is the love of the Lord.
The Bible says,
“16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE US HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,” JOHN 3:16 NASB.
Romans 5:8 NASB says,
“8 BUT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.”
In John 15:13, Jesus says,
“13 GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT ONE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”
Jesus did that very thing for you and for me. John also reiterated this in I John 3:16 NASB by saying
“16 WE KNOW LOVE BY THIS, THAT HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US; AND WE OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN.”
Only God can love us like that. Only God can love us so much that He would pay our sin debt (yours and mine) and give His son freely to do it.
The Greek word for this kind of love is Agape love. This is the highest form of love. It is a selfless love that expects nothing in return. William Barclay said this about Agape love, “Agape has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which is imbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live.”
Also, Bible.org says this about Agape love:
I John 4:16 NASB says,
“16 WE HAVE COME TO KNOW AND HAVE BELIEVED THE LOVE WHICH GOD HAS [A]FOR US. GOD IS LOVE, AND THE ONE WHO ABIDES IN LOVE ABIDES IN GOD, AND GOD ABIDES IN HIM.”
The only way that we will ever know this love is to know Him and experience Him. There is no other way. I want to know Him and I want to experience His love and also be able to give His love. It is not about feelings or a feeling.
IT IS ABOUT HIM LOVING US AND HIS LOVE IN US.
WE CANNOT DO IT ON OUR OWN, NOR DO I WANT TO. I PRAY THAT YOU DO, AS WELL.