Updated: Mar 12, 2020
It's so crazy to me to hear so many people talk about how they don't celebrate Valentine's Day. I've heard it all. "It just reminds me that I don't have anyone in my life to love me," or "It's just a made up holiday to sell stuff," or the worst one of all, "True love doesn't exist anyway." Today's post is going to break all the rules about how we see Valentines day and show us that we can celebrate it even if we don't feel like we have a relationship that's perfect or even a relationship at all with a significant other.
This Weeks Scripture Focus: 1 John 3:1-3
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Drear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him , for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves just as he is pure."
Wow! I feel like we could just stop there and decide that God's love in itself is a reason to celebrate, but let's look at this deeper. God "lavished" love on us. How is it that the God who created all things loves me enough to "lavish" anything on me much less true love? Lavished sounds pretty serious to me, but what exactly does it mean?
Lavish is a term that is defined as something that is expensive and impressive and in large quantity. God's love is expensive in that it cost him his only son, Jesus and it's impressive in that it is given to us moment by moment even as God is also in control of everything in the universe. He freely gives us his love in a never ending supply that will never fade or run out either, so it's safe to say that it is in abundance and large quantity.
How do you feel about Valentine's Day now? I mean even if you are in an amazingly meaningful relationship, as I am with an incredible husband who loves me deeply, it doesn't compare to the love I receive from my God daily. And yes, there are so many times in life when we feel down and out and the struggles of life feel like they are going to break us, but this scripture tells us that even in the midst of all that, God calls us his children and lavishes us with love. That means everything that he allows to happen to us or that he places on us, good or bad is because of that love. It's important to remember that even though the struggle is real, so is the love of Chris
So as we approach this day of celebrating love this week, let's spend some time focusing on the true meaning of love and what it really means to know that we have a never ending love that is lavished on us daily even when it's not Valentine's Day. God honors us as his children everyday and that, my friends is something to celebrate!
1. Look for opportunities that demonstrate God's incredible love for you this week and acknowledge him in those moments.
2. If you hear someone talking about how they don't have anything to celebrate for Valentine's day offer them the perspective of God's love instead.
3. Write a love letter to God this week and put it in your bible so that you can be reminded about his love and your love for him every time you open his word.
Until next time, keep pushing to be the amazing woman of God that he sees you to be.
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