This is a beautiful and uplifting saying from scripture that we hear often and in many contexts. It’s a straightforward sentence that we can readily comprehend, but what does it really mean to say that God is love? Review the following scriptures, just a few of the many exploring God’s essence of love and compassion, and see how you feel on reflecting on each of them, in turn. Take a few moments with each and let the message settle deep within your spirit, for then it can take root and provide rich nourishment for your journey...on this Valentine's Day and beyond.
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God…”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 3:1
1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:23-24
23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us.
24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them.
And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 13:4-12
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends.
But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[a] but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
On Valentine's Day, as we enjoy the warmth and joy we share in caring for one another, let us remember the source of that love and celebrate his presence. Enjoy the sharing of gifts and cards and well-wishes that are part of this sweet, fun day. Look in the mirror and appreciate yourself and the gifts of grace you have been given. Share deeply with those you love and spread your cheer wherever you go. The world is hungry for hope...so reach into your heart and give some away; what you'll find is that your heart will be full to the brim, replenished beyond imagining with more love, more hope, and more joy to share. If you are in need, please reach out to family or friends...or give us a call or jet us an email. We have an abundance to share - and it comes straight from the heart of God; it is full, rich, and never-ending.