For some reason, all of the recent blogs I’ve written have been around minor holidays. The last one was Father’s Day, a few weeks before I became a dad. I wrote about the anticipation of becoming a father and how God, our Heavenly Father, fills the void in any area our earthly fathers have let us down. (Check it out here.)
This time, I’m writing around Valentine’s Day - a day devoted to love and showering your significant other with gifts and affection. But this Valentine’s Day, my wife and my’s attention has been diverted from each other and onto our 7-month-old son.
Trudging through the mire of being a first time parent, (the sleepless nights, the crying reverberating in my ears even when its dead silent, my blood composition being made of more caffeine than I should be able to handle), it’s hard not to have most of my focus shifted to my son. But these past 7 months have taught me more about how to emulate God’s love in my life than my previous 29 years combined. And through that it has given me a better idea of what God’s love for us is like. Here are three reminders for you this Valentine’s Day about what God’s love is like for you as His child.
1. God’s love is unconditional. Romans 5:8 (ESV) tells us,
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Even while we were still sinners apart from God, He loved us and sent His son to die for us. We are never out of His reach.
2. God’s love is unearned. There is nothing we need to do to earn God’s love but have faith in Him. Ephesians 8:9 says,
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
3. God’s love is personal. Psalm 139:13-14 affirms that He made us and knew us before we were born.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
I’ll leave you with this from 1 John 4:7-8.
“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.”
Stop and feel God’s love for you in your own life,
and take time to imitate that love in your relationships and interactions with everyone you meet.