Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, people around the world are celebrating love in their own special way while others may be struggling with loneliness, frustration, and isolation.

The pandemic has uncovered a deep need in each one of us – we are better when we do life together.

There are times when we need and want to be alone, but our lives were meant to be lived in community, not isolation.

On Valentine’s Day, I want you to know that you are not alone. God is with each one of us. You may feel alone, but God sees you and loves you.

God invented love!

God is Love!

A long time ago, Adam and Eve walked the earth communing with God, and then life changed. The apple incident has been talked about for generations, and so began our slide and need for a Savior.

Each Christmas we celebrate God’s love gift to us – His Creation – Jesus. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost.

In a world that is hurting, God reminds us through His Son Jesus Christ, that we are loved and not forgotten.

It says in 1 John 4:10–11

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 loved us first, and He asks us to love one another.

For some that might be an easy task, especially today, but for others, it may be difficult.

You might be thinking…

  • How can I love him after he walked out on us?
  • How can I love her after she had an affair?
  • How can I love my parents when they never show up for anything that is important to me?

Many times, love makes no sense at all. Love asks us to do things that are counter to the culture.

Jesus was counter-culture.

Today, as we celebrate love around the world, take a few minutes to:

  • Tell your spouse or significant other you love them
  • Tell your kids you love them and how important they are you
  • Send a friend a text telling them how important they are to you

Valentines’s Day is usually reserved for the lovers among us, but God wants us to know that we are loved by Him and that we should love one another.

Prayer

Lord, thanks for your loving us first. Today, help us to show love to those around us and lift them up. Please help us to be there for those who need an extra helping of love and grace today. Amen!


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Hi, I'm Dave Anthold. I am a small group leader, short-term missionary, and visual storyteller. You can read my story here.

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