Romans 5:5 “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
I John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.”
On Valentine’s Day we celebrate love. But if you don’t have a special person in your life, or if you don’t feel lovable, this holiday could make you feel lonely and sad. Don’t be sad. You are loved! These verses will help you to know for certain that you are loved!
I love the word lavish! To lavish means – To be extravagant, to literally squander or be wasteful.
As we countdown to Valentine’s Day, know that every day, every moment, God lavishes his love on you. Take some of that wasted love and give it back to others.
Let me leave you with one of my favorite Bible passages, written by Paul. Romans 8:38 & 39:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I John 4:16 – “And we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
I was raised in a church where the message from the pulpit was that, “We are wretched sinners!” This message was usually delivered in a loud voice accompanied by a fist pounding hand. So, my perception of God was not, “God is love.” It was – God will, “Squish me like a bug if I step out of line.” At least that’s what I heard. The message made me fear God and not love God.
While there isn’t one hundred percent proof that John (disciple and cousin of Jesus) wrote this book of the New Testament, we do know that John was called, “The disciple that Jesus loved.” In this same chapter, the writer goes on to say in verse 18: “There is no fear in love. But Continue reading