Valentine’s Day. A day set aside to celebrate love. I found it fitting that my Bible reading for today was John 19, a chapter in which the greatest love the world has ever known was demonstrated. It tells of Jesus’ death on the cross and some of the time leading up to that moment. It’s precious, powerful, and humbling to recount what Christ has done for us. To remember His sacrifice, to see it with softened and grateful hearts—how the true King of the world stepped down from His throne of glory and came to us as a baby to live among His creation. How He bore the weight of the sin of the world upon His shoulders even though He didn’t have to. How He submitted Himself into the hands of His creation as payment for THEIR sins. It was and still is and will always be the ultimate demonstration of love. A perfect, powerful, passionate love. A crazy deep love that melts hearts and reaches our deepest places to fill us up. A love that satisfies as no other love can. A love that calls to the loneliest of hearts, to the unwanted by this world, to the ugliest and most broken of us. A love meant for the least of these.
No matter what your relationship status is today—single, married, divorced, widowed; whether your relationship seems to be thriving or feels like it’s falling apart—I pray you know the Father’s love today and that you are able to bask in it. There is One who loves you more deeply, more richly, more powerfully, more passionately, more sacrificially, more completely than any human on this ever could. And He wants you to know the love He has for you today. He wants to satisfy you with His love today.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost), but have eternal (everlasting) life. –John 3:16, AMPC
Take a minute and ask the Lord to help you view that verse above with fresh eyes. Go back and read it again, asking Him that our familiarity with it in our Christian culture would not take away from the power of the love demonstrated in this act.
Lord, let those so desperately seeking to be loved today be overwhelmed by Your lavish and extravagant love for them. Let them find that their need to be wholly and purely loved with an unconditional love is met in a relationship with You. Let Your love turn our cold hearts warm, cause our dead hearts to beat again, and make our broken hearts whole and filled with hope.
I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. -John 15:9, AMPC
I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them. -John 17:26, AMPC
Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. -Romans 5:7-8, AMPC