Real Love Valentine

We wanted to pass this along! Happy Valentine’s Day.

I received the cutest email from a friend, and although I don’t know the creator/author, I wanted to share it:

“For God so loVed the world,
That He gAve
His onLy
BegottEn
SoN
That whosoever
BelievethIn Him
Should Not perish,
But have Everlasting life.”
John 3:16

Real sacrificial love. Truly unconditional love. Our Savior’s love.

Or the love of men….Husbands, fiances, boyfriends? I know that feeling in your heart when you lose the  love of someone whom you thought seemed to care about you. Or you realize that he actually never did love you or doesn’t know how, and the loss is twice as painful. Or you are bitter over expectations that are impossible for anyone to meet. We sometimes pine after imperfect love that can never fill up our hearts, believing it is impossible to live without it or feeling rejected and very hurt. Waiting and hoping for what only God can provide, I have at times compromised my values and dreams, exhausted myself, or simply forfeited my peace.

My prayer this Valentine’s weekend, is “Lord, cause me to yearn for Your love above any else. What is a mere man’s love compared to Yours? When I think of Your love, my worry and grief and hunger and pining seem a high price to pay for the love of any man on earth. It seems a waste of energy and effort over such a small matter compared to your promises, compared to a truly fulfilling, secure, everlasting relationship with You. Lord, please turn my heart to You, and open it to receive your perfect love.”

This prayer put some things into perspective for me. I felt a wave of freedom. I feel relief and comfort. Things seem no longer so tragic. The apostle Paul wrote,

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:15-19.

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