Written by, Kate Campbell, CBN South Africa
Whether you are married, dating or single, Valentine’s Day rolls around annually, whether you’re ready for it or not! This is the time of year where people feel extra encouraged to look for what we may call true love.
This particular holiday can represent so much to so many different people. It can be a reminder of loneliness or the death of a spouse or someone close to our hearts. This unique celebration can also be an exciting time of a new, fresh relationship with that sweetheart you’ve been eyeing out in the third row at church for so long. On the other hand, Valentine’s Day can also just bring about some kind of frustration about the fact that we have yet another commercially devoted day to deal with. Or people may just see this as another normal day with no reason to fling around cheesy pink and red hearted junk food.
I guess from my perspective, Valentine’s Day can be either of the above depending on where you are at. However, if I think about it from a Christian perspective, we should love regardless of the date.
I am going to say something that might challenge your thinking…
True love, is utterly, totally and absolutely impossible without the presence of God. If we don’t know God, we have not yet encountered what it really means to be fully loved. If this is a foreign concept to us, then to fully love in return is equally as challenging. I think of 1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Scripture also tells us in Psalm 16:11 about what happens in the presence of God – « …the fullness of joy! and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. »
Phew, now that we’ve said that, let me go a bit deeper…
The reason we cannot love without God is that God IS love. We see this in 1 John 4:16 which says, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
God’s love for us, is why He chose to create us in His own image, He wants us to be love carriers who are able to love Him in return and also who are able to love His children who have not yet experienced true love.
This Valentine’s Day, we challenge you to be that love carrier that God created you to be but do so from this day forward, and for the rest of your life, no matter what date the world may be celebrating. Let’s renew this expectation and experience of true love and show the world where it all comes from!