As much as we talk about love today, we have a difficult time getting it right. God always gets it right. God’s love is, “…patient.” His love is “…kind and is not jealous.” God’s love “…does not brag and is not arrogant.” The love of God never acts, “unbecomingly;” nor does it“…seek its own way.” It is never “provoked.” God’s love “…does not take into account a wrong suffered,” and it never rejoices in “…unrighteousness.” It always, “…rejoices in the truth.” God’s love “…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” God’s love “…never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).
We can love like that because we have been loved like that, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Bible tells us that we ought to not just talk about love, but we should love others through our deeds and the way we behave (1 John 3:18). We can on this Valentine day truly love one another because Jesus “…laid down His life for us so we can lay down our lives for others” (1 John 3:16). Real love is sacrificial.
I read a story about a wife who woke her husband up frantically shaking him into consciousness saying, “Honey, Honey I just had a wonderful dream. I dreamed you gave me a real cultured pearl necklace. What do you think it means?” He said, “I don’t know. I’ll tell you tonight.” That night he brought home a small package beautifully wrapped. She eagerly opened it to find a small book entitled, “How to Interpret Your Dreams.”
I hope your loved ones do not have trouble interpreting your love for them. Show them how much you love them in ways they cannot mistake. It is not the size or the cost of a gift that really matters. It is the way whatever you give reflects the love in your heart. Let’s love one another this Valentine Day in a way that will let people see the love of Christ in us.