Thursday, February 14, 2013

14 Days of Valentines: Day 14- The Greatest Love

I would feel remiss, if in these 14 days of valentine posts, I didn't post about TRUE LOVE.  I'm not talking about the mushy, gushy feelings you have towards your significant other, or your kids, I'm talking about perfect love.  The kind of love that is unconditional, unwavering, and comes from above.  God's love.  He loves us in the deepest way possible.  A way in which we can not comprehend. 

Here are some wonderful reminders of God's great love for His children and the love He expects us to show to others.

1 John 3:3- See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 

1 John 3:16-This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:10-This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

And of course we are given a wonderful definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13. 

Not envious
Not boastful
Not proud
Not selfish
Does not hold grudges
Not easily provoked
Rejoices with the truth

We can make the cutest crafts, whip up the tastiest desserts, decorate the most creative valentines cards, but if we haven't love, it profits us nothing.  Let us practice this perfect love on Valentine's Day and all the days thereafter.  

~ Emily

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