So it's Valentine's Day. As a life-long resident of Chicago I automatically think of Al Capone and the infamous massacre of a bunch of Mafia thugs by another bunch of Mafia thugs which happened on Valentine's Day. My wife probably thinks I should think of her, and of course I do. Sorry Honey! Anyways, on Valentine's Day people turn their thoughts to love and romance. Boys and girls buy gifts for their one true love and try to let the good folks at Hallmark say the things they should be saying.
With thoughts turning to love, we as Christians should be always thinking about love. Not the romantic kind of love, but the love of Jesus for us and the love we should be showing to a lost and dying world. I John 4:10-11 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." Pretty powerful words. The fact that God loved us not because of anything we have done but rather He loved us to the point of taking our place of punishment on the cross. Truly we who have been recipients of God's love ought to be showing that love to other people.
Unfortunately, what the world refers to as love would instead be best described as lust. The feeding of fleshly desires. The pure love of God is a love that only gives and doesn't take. The reason people can't find happiness and satisfaction with the false loves of the world is because those only take and don't give. This Valentine's day allow the love of God to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.