During this time of the month each year, we celebrate Valentine's Day and the love that the holiday represents.
For those who are happily married, we celebrate you for finding your soulmate and heeding God's word! The Bible clearly states in Mark 10:8 that it's God's will that "... the two shall become one flesh." It's a wonderful blessing to have a rock solid union. This is particularly so when you receive a double blessing of children. For those who are blissfully in love, we celebrate you on your journey of becoming. For others who are in a happy place - continue to enjoy the status of your relationship and remember to keep God's word as you date. For those who are actively looking for (or praying for) love, we remind you to pray fervently to the Lord and he will answer your prayers. And finally, for those who single by choice, we celebrate you for loving yourself, enjoying your singleness and focusing on loving yourself!
Regardless of where you are on the continuum of love, embrace it and love the space you're in. And give one another grace - because we are all imperfectly perfect. Remember that we're all unique individuals - so relationships will only be as good as we are - never perfect regardless of how hard we try.
There Is Only One Perfect Love
The Bible the surest place to find guidance for about perfect love. This is where we find agape (or unconditional) love - which is the highest form of love there is. The scriptures teach us about the love God has for his people. They teach us about our Savior Jesus - the one and only perfect one. The only one who is without sin. They teach us about his love for us - and about the ultimate sacrifice he made on our behalf at Calvary. (That's love!) The Bible teaches us how Jesus died for us to exemplify what true love is. Because of Him, we are saved, and by His mercy, our salvation is secure. Even still, we must in earnest honor Him every day and do God's will according to His will.
Love Is In The Air: Scriptures of Love
The Bible includes numerous scriptures that teach us about love. Here are just a few:
"We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:14).
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ..." (1Corinthians 13:4-8a).
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).
"There are three things that amaze me — no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman" (Proverbs 30:18-19).
"Dear friends: let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God" (1John 4:7-8).
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it show how much God cherishes love - and by extension, how much he cherishes us.
We Have A Charge As Parents
As parents, we are charged to teach our children about our Savoir who exemplifies perfect love - the life he lived, the lessons he taught, the grace he's given. It's part of God's will for us to "Train up the child in the way he should go; even when he is is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6). Whatever your season might be, rest assured that God has a plan and a purpose for you. God's word never changes. God's unchanging word equips us with timeless truth. Isaiah declared, "The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8).
All God wants from us is to do our best in our relationships with one another and with Him! He knows that we're imperfectly perfect! There is only one perfect one. We honor God when we obey Him.
Have A Relationship Centered God
Let's strive for a relationship centered in God's love. This type of relationship acknowledges that the Lord is your personal source of significance, security and satisfaction. When we seek God because "In His presence there is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11) then He can touch the secret places of your heart that no person can reach to give you the satisfaction your soul desires.
This Valentine's Day, rather than ramping up expectations for love and romance from your significant other, instead celebrate the love God has lavished on you. When we are plugged into God's love then His love flows freely into our relationships. And as His love spills over, it sparks the fireworks that we all hope for in a great Valentine's Day.❤
Happy Valentine's Day
from all of us here at Divine Beginnings, LLC!
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