I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day girl. I’m not against it, but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think that it has become known for “displays of affection/love” and in my opinion that should be something that doesn’t only happen every once in a while- it should be a consistent part of a relationship. It’s fine though, Valentine’s Day is all good if you are into it, I’m not trying to knock you, I am just saying it’s not necessarily a celebratory-worthy day in my book.
However, in the spirit of the day, I thought what better to blog about than the ultimate display of love- Jesus’ death on a cross.
Here come a couple verses that may seem cliché to you given that it’s Valentine’s Day. Just let me explain…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Now, given that today is supposed to be about “love” I think it’s important to know why we love. Whether these verses have become overused or not, they are still both solid truth. God loves us, so much that he sent His son into the world knowing that He would have to die for us. This is unconditional love- that in dying on the cross the perfect, sinless, fully God, but fully human, Jesus took on God’s wrath for people undeserving. Why did he do this? Simple-he loves us. This grace, God’s grace, is in definition “an undeserved gift.” The reason for this grace is that he loves us. We are His creations. He wants to have relationships with us. He wants to sanctify us and bring us closer to Him. This example of true, pure, unconditional love is why we love. It just is. Without God, we would not know love. There’s a funny YouTube video that has been circulating. It’s called “Shtuff Christian Girls Say.” The funniest part (in my opinion) is when the girl tweets “God is love. Enough said. #boom.” It’s soooooooo so so cliché. It’s annoying. It’s funny. I laugh every time I watch it or hear someone quote it. In reality though, it is completely true. Everything He has done for us? His motive is love. I believe in love and I believe that it is seen at it’s purest form in God’s grace.
So, all of that being said, I think it’s cool to back up in 1 John a little bit, and if you look in your Bible (or look online or whatever) you’ll see the title of the section. “God Is Love” (how appropriate)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:7-19)
My friend Sam posted this to her Facebook today. Perfect.
Happy Valentine’s Day.