Happy Valentine's Day!
As we celebrate this day of human love and affection--whether it be with family, friends, or a spouse--let's remember and contemplate God's incredible love for us. He demonstrated ultimate love on the cross and no other type of love can compare with His unending, unconditional, agape love for us.
So in the midst of the chocolate, flowers, hearts, and red candies, let's not forget the One who loved us before time began and was willing to rescue us from a life of sin. That is amazing love!
Reminders are good, and as we remember God's incredible love for us, below are two posts I wrote over the last couple of years for Valentine's Day. May it be a blessing and encouragement to you to remember God's view on love and the ultimate symbol of that love.
L.O.V.E. Four little letters that when put together in that order, have so much meaning. We are constantly surrounded by this word as we go about our daily lives, whether it is spoken through the music played in the grocery store, broadcasted on TV and movies, or displayed by the many young couples milling around the mall. However, all these examples are the world’s shallow, fickle, and corrupted definition of one of the most powerful human emotions.
It’s that time of year again…hearts, flowers, roses, chocolate, and the color red. You see it everywhere—grocery aisles, department store décor, radio and TV advertising, and colorful billboards. All declaring in loud, blaring obviousness that Valentine’s Day is here once again!
It’s a celebration and idolization of romantic love. Commercialized and represented most often by large, red hearts. These images encapsulate emotion, warm fuzzy feelings, and romance with a simple visual representation and are put forth by the world as the depiction of the essence and fundamental meaning of love. This is the world’s symbol and icon for love. However, is this what ours should be? Should we use the world’s model that lifts up fleeting emotion and fuzzy feelings and use it to represent the love Christ showed us and we ought to show others? Or does God have a different symbol in mind?
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