I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. I’m all for the focus on love and creative ways to express it; but I don’t much care for how commercialized it has become. Still… the theme of love fulfilled, given and received, is at the core of what it means to be alive.
Maybe Valentine’s Day for you means dressing up and going out for a nice dinner; or maybe it means staying home and relaxing in your PJ’s. It might involve chocolates or flowers or jewelry or hand-written notes of affection.
For many this day will bring with it heart-warming expressions of love but for some it will mean heartache from a broken relationship or a spouse that has passed away. It’s a mixed bag to be sure and yet love really is a core essential ingredient of life.
It’s interesting to note that the Bible narrative begins with a marriage in a garden and ends with a marriage when the bridegroom – Jesus – receives His bride – the church. And God uses a wedding feast, a celebration of epic proportions, to give imagery to what that day will be like.
Love is essential and central to our lives because it is the very nature of God’s character and fuels His desire for an intimate relationship with each of us. No matter how you celebrate – or endure – this Valentine’s day, may you be constantly aware of God’s love!
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love! ~ 1 John 4:7-12 (The Message)