Do you remember when we were kids and we took a shoe box, covered it with construction paper and then cut out hearts and glued them to the box? I know it was a long time ago. I’m not even sure the kids today still do this but it was exciting. Getting ready for the Valentine exchange at school almost left you breathless.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had that childlike expectation each day now that we are adults? Looking forward to each day, waiting to see who is going to give us a Valentine, a special expression of love.
Perhaps you remember getting that box of 36 Valentines, searching through to find the one that you wanted to give to that special someone in your class. Now don’t be coy – you know there was always one special person and one special Valentine that you were anxious to give. There was also that hope of receiving a special card in your box.
Each morning I take time to tell the Lord how much I love Him! I start the day by saying, “I love you Father, I love you Jesus, I love you Holy Spirit.” I want those to be the first words out of my mouth. It sets my day! And then as I sit quietly I can hear “I love you too.” Sometimes I read it on the pages of my Bible and sometimes it’s that still small voice that I hear but all the same it’s God saying he loves me.
“I remember well all my troubles, and I am very sad. 21 But then I think about this, and I have hope: 22 We are still alive because the Lord’s faithful love never ends. 23 Every morning he shows it in new ways! You are so very true and loyal! 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my God, and I trust him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him. He is good to those who look for him.” Lamentations 3:20-25 ERV
Getting up each day expecting to experience God’s love gives life purpose and hope. We are to look for the ways that He shows His love. It can be a call from a friend; perhaps it’s a child giving us a hug or a kind word from a stranger. It could be an unexpected gift arrives in the mail or maybe it’s a beautiful sunrise or less traffic on the roads for the morning commute. All of these are little ways that God shows His love for us.
“Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.” James 1:17 ERV
The Lord loves to give gifts to His kids. He is the ultimate giver!
“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Look around you – what good do you see? There’s food in the refrigerator, a roof over your head, electricity in your home, clothes in your closet, there are people who love you, a computer or smart phone on your lap or in your hand. So many things, good things, that God has blessed you with and best gift of all, Jesus!
Before I close this morning I want to give you a Valentine from the Father, this whole devotional thought is a Valentine from Him, but this one in particular.
“Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. 5 Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. 6 Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. 7 Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things. 8 Love never comes to an end.” I Corinthians 13:4-8 NLV
So there you have it – your Valentine card. You can substitute the name God/Jesus for the word love and it will be just as true. God is love and this is how He loves us.
His love never comes to an end, it’s new every morning!