As I walked my 6 year-old granddaughter Raigan into school this week, the LORD impressed upon my heart how I am a conduit of His Love. Just like the other parents who said goodbye in the hallway, I bent down at eye level and told her how much I loved her and to make it a great day. She received that well. Valentine’s Day is special to me, for many reasons. It’s a great day to remind my husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends how much I love them. It can be a balm to the heart that claims they don’t have a Valentine.
Bending (or stooping) to make eye contact with someone is a gesture of love. To me, it speaks of a person’s worth. I count it a privilege to look into the eyes of someone I am speaking to or who’s speaking to me. While their eyes may communicate many things like pain, mistrust, sadness, ambivalence, joy, depression, excitement, interest, fear, etc., I want mine to communicate love. Even to the one saying harsh things to me. Eyes are the window to the soul, afterall.
Think you don’t have a Valentine? Think again. God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. He came down. Love came down. Just like bending down and getting eye to eye communicates my love to my granddaughter so God’s coming down communicates His love to us. This Valentine’s Day, I want to remind you just how much He loves you in this Valentine”s Day acrostic:
V-Valued–Being God’s Valentine means we are highly valued! Romans 5:8
A-Adopted–He has said to us, “Be mine!” Romans 8:15
L-Loved–You are loved! You are loved perfectly. 1 Corinthians 13
E-Entrusted–He has entrusted His love to our care. 1 Peter 5:7
N-New Creation–In Christ, we become new creations–the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
T-Triumphant–Christ defeated sin, death, and the devil. He shares it with us so we can live triumphantly. 1 Corinthians 15:54
I-Insightful–Christ wants us to have a greater insight into just how in love He is with us! Philippians 1:9-11
N-Needy–Being God’s Valentine means our needs are met–most important, the need of forgiveness for our sins and salvation for our souls. John 3:16
E-Equipped–Through God’s perfect, unending, unconditional love, He equips you to love Him and others. 1 John 4:11
“God has shown His love for us in that while we yet sinners, He died for us.” Romans 5:8
Yes, Love came down. Open your hearts this Valentine’s Day and receive it fully and freely!
+First Look: Write Romans 5:8 in your own words.
+Through The Looking Glass: How does this knowledge change the way you feel about God’s love for you?