In light of the fact that this week is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share a devotional that I read from a book called Daily Grace for Women. Since I am copying the devotion, I want to be sure to give full credit to this book. It’s on p. 39.
It’s been called a phenomenon, a mysterious and splendid thing. It’s as invisible as the air we breathe, yet equally essential Poets have tried to descr ibe it. Philosophers have sought to understand it. Songwriters have mined from their hearts the emotional treasure it evokes. But the mystery and miracle of love remains indescribable. What an amazing gift God has given us – not only to observe, but also to miraculously experience! His Word proclaims it to be greater than hope and faith.
Long before St. Valentine was adopted as the patron saint of lovers, God’s love was the foundation of true love. Because of the romantic symbols we use to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we forget that St. Valentine actually lost his life because of his love for God. Beyond the glamour of roses and chocolates that help us celebrate the world’s view of romantic love, we find a man who gave his all for the love of his Savior.
Love is the deepest and most fulfilling gift God has ever given us. That gift transcends outward symbols and trivial attempts to explain it. Without His love, we wouldn’t experience God’s mercy, His Salvation or His joy. Once received, the deep abiding love of Christ in our hearts will overflow into every aspect of our lives. Real love, the kkind of love that sacrificed all for you and me, came in human form to unite our hearts to God’s.
Do you desire to love more and experience more love in your life? God’s word encourages, “If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12 NASB)
Celebrate the sacred bliss of true love. Wrap yourself and others in this extraordinary gift that was hand delivered from Heaven by the Author and Creator of love.
As you approach Valentine’s Day, remember where love first came from…your Father in Heaven. If it wasn’t for His love, we would have no love at all.