It’s almost Valentine’s Day. The day that people profess their love for others. We can get all caught up in the hoopla and let ourselves believe that love is about our feelings and emotions. Loving others can certainly stir up some emotions in us. But love is a choice – an action. We have not earned God’s love and if we are to love like Him – others do not have to earn our love. We can offer our love freely and love others.
(excerpt from Saved by Grace, Now What?)
Because we love Jesus, we can love others well. We can open our hearts and learn to let God’s love pour out. That means we can learn to show love and respect, be kind and considerate, and forgive and let things go. The Bible tells us our love for Jesus will be apparent by how we love others. So, look within. If you have hard feelings and resentment toward others, scripture tells us in I John 4:19-20, We love because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
People can cause us great hurt and heartbreak. But love is a choice we make – no because people have earned our love – but because we are commanded to love. We can do it because what He has done for us is greater than what anyone has done to us! Can I get an amen? Amen!
So, let’s make a declaration. Raise your hand to heaven and say..
“For all my days and in all my ways, I will love You, Jesus! I will draw near to you and pray my love for you grows and grows. I will rest in the love you lavish on me. I will allow it to fill me to overflowing! Because You love me, I will love others. You are enough! You are all the love I need! I will make time for You and I will make room for you. Fill my heart, Lord! You are enough for me!”
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope your heart is overflowing with love and that you will love others well!
I love you!