Happy Valentines Day!
We all go through life and at times think that we are all alone in this world or do not feel loved. It could be because we have a horrible family life. It could be because we were never really loved as we were growing up. It could be because we were never really taught what love was or how it look in different relationships. It could because the love we received growing up was conditional and if we did something wrong then that love was taken away. How often do you feel that way?
As I was growing up my mom did not teach me about love. I grew up knowing she cared for me and took care of me but did not feel loved from a general perspective. She also really did not teach me how to love family. Well into my adult life I was a colder person and nothing phased me outside of my immediate circle. I really never understood how to have empathy for people. My wife is the opposite. She grew up different than I did. She felt loved by her father and it was him who taught her what love was. That made her who she is today. She is a loving and selfless person and she was like that before she ever met Jesus.
Well that being said I have something to tell you that you might have never realized. Even if you have been through not feeling loved or you still feel that way. God loves you. He cares for you right now, right this minute. He loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus to take the punishment for sin that we all deserve. This is agape love! Agape love is always shown by what it does. God’s love is displayed most clearly at the cross. “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4–5, ESV). We did not deserve such a sacrifice, “but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God’s agape love is unmerited, gracious, and constantly seeking the benefit of the ones He loves. The Bible says we are the undeserving recipients of His lavish agape love (1 John 3:1). God’s demonstration of agape love led to the sacrifice of the Son of God for those He loves. He loves you just the way you are but He wants to transform your life. That is how much He loves you.
But He does ask us to give the love He gives us to those in this world that are searching for love as well. His love should overflow out of our hearts to others. It says in John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This world will know we love God and God loves them by our love for each other! There are no stipulations to Gods love. Gods love is unconditional. He does not with hold His love because of what we have done in our lives. We have not done anything that would make Him say they are not worth it. We in turn are called to give the same love we receive to those in this world that need it. So when ever you feel that you are not loved remember this very important point. The God who created the heavens and the earth loves you with every inch of His being!!
Be Blessed, Dave