Previous dates brought me red roses, candy, even jewelry. Instead, he brought some groceries and frozen dinners.
Clare tells an old friend who had come on a visit.
I looked in your fridge; it was pretty empty, Clare.
Clarke who was eavesdropping muttered to himself with delight as he left for the garage.
Dear Purple Reader, it’s Valentine’s day in few days and it’s that time we get to show a loved one how much we care and for many, it is time to spend fortune on expensive wines and other luxuries to a significant other, go on dates, get some cards, send pretty flowers, and all, but I tell you; there’s more!
The Bible is full of scriptures that show God’s unrelenting love towards us. For this reason, one of the most frequently asked questions is why a holy and perfect God loves mankind the way He does, despite the fall of mankind. Well first, if we must understand this, we must first understand the nature and character of God:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. [1 John 4:8]
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [Romans 5:8]
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39]
And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and He that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. [1 John 4:16]
We can deduce from here that God does not just love, He is love. If He is love, then, He must love. Just like if a chocolate has about 92% cocoa solids, then, it must taste like cocoa, usually.
The greatest expression of God’s love is communicated to us thus:
This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [John 15:12-13]
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. [John 3:16]
And God for love’s sake has marked every heart for eternity.
Let’s therefore learn of God. That when we’re at our worst, He sees our brokenness as more reason to give us His love. He loves us when it’s not easy, and when we’re undeserving.
As you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, it is important you put Christ at the forefront of your heart. Make Christ you’re first love. This is how God urges us to love Him:
… With all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind [Matthew 22:37]
Rekindle your love for God this season.
Also show hospitality to some random person(s).
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. [1 John 3:18]
Let brotherly love continue.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. [Hebrews 13:1-3]
You can also make an extra effort to pray for someone and as well as those who experience abuse in their relationship instead of love.
Forgive those who have wronged you. Forgive the little stuff. Forgive the big stuff. Let go of the past. Let go of anger and resentment.
True love is a daily act of appreciation. Show some gratitude. Tell someone you love and appreciate them.
Solve problems with someone.
Tell someone about Christ. Telling them about Christ’s love is the best thing that you can do for them.
Dear Purple Reader, like Clarke, every day is the perfect day to show others love no matter how little and unusual it may seem. And February 14 is no exception.
Let your love song be heard this season and beyond, the world is waiting to hear it.
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Until next time, keep sharing the love of Christ!
This post was written by: Gbemisola Isaacs (@GbemisolaIsaacs), founder of Dear Purple Woman.