Traditionally, Valentine's Day is a day that is based around love. Specifically, Valentine's Day is based around love for a spouse or date. However, there is another love that is greater than any love any of us could give to a spouse or date. As much as we may love those significant people in our lives, God's love is greater. I hope you have your Bibles ready, because we are going to be talking about God's love.
Open your Bibles first to Romans 5:6-8. Here, the apostle Paul makes a great point. How many of us are willing to die for someone who has wronged us? How many of us would volunteer to take the electric chair in place of a convicted murderer? Yet even after we turned our backs on God, defied Him, and spit in His face, He still gave His Son for us. This is a love unmatched by anyone else in history. If we so celebrate the smaller love that we feel for important people in our lives, should we not also celebrate the greater love with which God loved us?
What about the above passage of Scripture? God is merciful and gracious to us, even though we do not deserve His mercy or grace. Even on our very worst days, God is not quick to become angry at us. His love for us is steadfast. God's love is great for those of us who honor and respect Him. He loves us so much that He took our sins away and separated them from us, even though those sins were our turning our backs on Him. His is forgiving.
Isaiah 38:17 reminds us that, even whenever we have difficult times, God is working though those hard times for our benefit. It is Him, in His love, that delivers us from the most difficult times in our lives. It is during these difficult times that some begin to question God's love. Yet God is doing something good in their lives, and they do not even realize it.
King David, in Psalm 89:1-2, makes the statement that God's love is worth singing about. He tells God that he will sing of God's faithful love forever. It would be wrong of us to ignore His love. His love is worth singing about.
In 1 John 4:16, John the apostle tells us that God is love. It is in God's very nature to love His creation. Here, John also personally testifies that he has come to know the love of God. If we remain in love, we remain in God. Jesus Christ made the love of God known to the world. He made it so known to the world that for us to call ourselves disciples of Christ, yet hate one of our brothers makes us a liar. We cannot both love God and our brother.
Finally, in Romans 8:35-39, Paul makes it clear that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. Think about that. There is NOTHING that can separate us from the love of God in Christ. God loves you, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you deny that He loves you, He still loves you. If you doubt if He loves you, He still loves you. If you don't know if He loves you, He still loves you. God loves you, and there is nothing you can do about it.