February 14 Devotional

Today is Valentine’s Day … a day many have said was invented by Hallmark® as a way to sell more cards.  You can think what you will, but I know it is a day no husband should ever miss.  Not so much because of the consequences that come when you miss, but because telling the person you love that you love them is never a bad thing.  I believe love is the greatest gift God ever gave mankind.  We can be sure that the only way we know how to love each other is because God started it all by loving us.  Before my wife and I were married, we chose Psalm 34:3 as our verse to live by.  It says simply, “Oh magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3).  We claimed that verse for our lives together (and still try to live it today), but we will share it with you today.  This time let’s look at the verse as us joining with God to love those around us with this kind of love.  Think for a few moments with me today about God’s love … and then make it your goal today and everyday to love the people God has placed in your life with the same kind of love.

 

God made a man to walk with Him and provide fellowship and an outlet for His Divine love.  That man sensed a need for a help-meet.  God provided that for him.  God then instructed the couple not to eat of two specific trees in the Garden He had made for them.  Of course, they did not obey and sin – the one and only thing that could separate this omnipotent God from those He had created in His love.  Now is where we see that Divine love proved to us.  Rather than God exacting some vengeance on Adam and Eve (by the way, He could have … the Bible tells us that vengeance belongs to the Lord), He instead offered them a Redeemer and some clothing (the first animal sacrifice for sin) [Genesis 3:15, 21].

 

This is the first example of the depth of genuine love.  God’s love for us is not based on what we could do for Him, but on His choice to love us UNCONDITIONALLY.  No strings attached with His love.  Beyond that, His love was UNIVERSAL – reaching to sinners of all shapes and sizes – reaching to the “worst” as well as the “best” of us.  There are two things I want to close with today by way of application for us about God’s love.  First, we need to accept it in order to please Him.  Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but we must accept it for ourselves.  Second, we need to copy His love for us as we love those around us.  Let’s decide to magnify the Lord today by loving the people God placed in our lives!

 

Little acts of kindness bring great rewards.” – Unknown