Valentines day is not far away. If you visit any store right now you will see chocolate candies and Valentines. As I was praying and reading through 1 John recently I thought to myself, what is sweeter than chocolate? The love of God!
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.God showed His great love for us by sending His one and only Son that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9-11
Love is not just a feeling.
It is an action.
God acted on His love for us by giving the most precious gift. In Genesis we learn sin entered the world when man and woman chose to disobey God. Since then sin has been a problem for all of us. Sin is nothing more than knowing what God wants and choosing not to do it.
There had to be a price paid for sin to bring us back into right relationship with God. Jesus, God’s only Son became the sacrifice for our sin. My mind can’t comprehend God loving me so much He would give the life of His Son. Now my friend that is true love!
Sin is nothing more than knowing what God wants and choosing not to do it.
As a mom I cannot imagine giving my child’s life to pay for someone else’s bad choices. My thoughts would be they made the bad decision, they should live with the consequences.
Yet God chose us.
He loved us not because we loved Him first, but because He just chose to love us. It is so hard for me to understand how anyone could know what God did for us and choose to refuse His gift of love.
What is my response to this precious gift so much sweeter than any Valentine we could ever receive?
My response is to love others as Christ loved us.
I choose to act on this love by speaking words of affirmation.
I choose to forgive when someone wrongs me.
I choose to serve others even when it is inconvenient or costs me something.
I choose to love because He first loved me.
My friend, this Valentine’s day why not give the gift truly sweeter than chocolate.
Receive God’s love for you. Then give love to others.