Celebrating the decision to love

On February 14th, five years ago, our daughter woke-up at 6:15 am. She went straight to her desk and crafted a Valentine for each member of the family. By the time the rest of us lazy bums arose, she had created a beautiful card to celebrate her love for each one of us.

As I rested in bed, listening to her papers rustle and the scissors snap, the verses from Romans 5:7-9 flashed through my mind.

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But, God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

How fitting that on Valentine’s Day, when the whole world celebrates the feeling of love, God would remind me of His decision to love.

When I was my most unlovable, Jesus died for me. He didn’t do it because I wooed Him with charm or won Him with beauty. He chose to love me. He gave me the best Valentine’s Day gift ever – the invitation to enter into eternal life with Him.

Happy Valentine’s Day. I pray you will all know the great love of our God.

 

*from the archives

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