~This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.~
Valentine's Day means so much more in our family than a trashy card, white fluffy Teddy bear and pressure to buy something to show our love. Personally it has held another meaning for me. 17 years ago I made a decision to open my heart to the Creator of love itself - Jesus. Not long after, on Valentine's Day, I publicly declared my love of Jesus to the world by being baptised in a pool. A symbolic way of showing that the old spirit man had died and was replaced by the new spirit man.
I don't believe it was by accident that coincidentally, 10 years ago on Valentine's Day that my husband and I had our first date. Mighty Prince Warrior and I knew each other for about 18 months before we became girlfriend and boyfriend. We went to the same church, and started working closer when we were on the youth leadership team together. That's where we had a chance to get to know each other better.
Mighty Prince Warrior used to say to his friends, "I really want to marry someone like Jo - but someone my own age." And I said the same thing about him to my friends. (I am 7 years older than Mighty Prince Warrior.) Well, God opened our eyes to each other at the same time and we no longer cared about our age difference. I had said to the Lord that the man he wants me to be with will have to make the 'first move' as in the past, being an extrovert I had no problem in making the 'first move.' But this time I wanted the Lord to make it happen - not me.
Our church decided to have a Valentine's Day Dinner where couples could renew their wedding vows to each other and singles could declare their love to the Lord. Mighty Prince Warrior asked me to attend as his date. That night he asked me to be his girlfriend. And the rest, as they say, is history!
So we don't celebrate Valentine's Day with anything commercial. Some years we just give each other a hug and a kiss. And I'm OK with that! The scripture below is one of the most amazing scriptures on love. If you want to know about love, just read this:
7 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows God.8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. 10 This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other.12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is made perfect in us.
13 We know that we live in God and he lives in us, because he gave us his Spirit.14 We have seen and can testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God has God living inside, and that person lives in God.16 And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love.
God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.17 This is how love is made perfect in us: that we can be without fear on the day God judges us, because in this world we are like him.18 Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears.
19 We love because God first loved us.20 If people say, "I love God," but hate their brothers or sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never seen. (1 John 4:7-20, New Century Version)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Still taking lessons from the King,