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God's Valentine

By: Beth Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 2)

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. After years of observing the enormous amounts of pink and red Valentine cards, giant stuffed gorillas bearing hearts that declare “I Love You,” chalky message hearts, and cheap chocolates (I won’t mention the brands… I imagine that you know the ones I’m talking about), I’ve decided that Valentine’s Day is a very tacky holiday. It can also be stressful, even for children. You may recall carefully selecting which card that you gave to each kid in your second grade class. You didn’t want little Jimmy to think that you had a crush on him! I remember analyzing the Valentines that I received from the boys that I liked. Did those generic messages mean that they liked me too? Oh, the suspense!

We have one Admirer, though, who doesn’t hide His feelings for us. God tells us repeatedly of His deep love for us in His beautiful Valentine, the Bible. For example, John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That is amazing and pretty much incomprehensible to me. As a mother, I can’t fathom giving up my child for a world full of wicked, ungrateful sinners, but yet that is just what our heavenly Father did for each one of us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

I have always had a hard time really understanding the Lord’s love for me. For most of my life, I have felt like an outsider. Maybe you have, too. During my school years, I was so painfully shy that I didn’t have many friends. I was overweight, wore glasses, and had thick, bushy hair with out-of-style bangs. Needless to say, I was self-conscious. It didn’t help when others would make comments that made me feel even worse. In elementary school, one of my classmates took it upon herself to inform me that my nose was huge. I tried to shift the focus away from my nose by talking about someone else whose nose was much bigger than mine. And just so you know, my nose has never been huge. In high school, a girl told me that her mother said I would be prettier if I wore makeup. Her comment angered me, but it also really hurt. Comments like those left scars. I’m sure that you also have your own hurts that have been left behind by the inconsiderate words of others. I’m gradually learning, though, that God loves me for me. He created me in His image. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.” My Father loves me just the way I am. He doesn’t care that my hair still looks somewhat like a lion’s mane. He made it that way. Nor am I offensive to Him because of my thick eyeglasses. He is the One who created my farsighted eyes. He sees me as beautiful, even though I am not, and probably never will be, a size two.

Another stumbling block that I struggle with in my understanding of the Lord’s love is thinking that I have to be perfect in order for Him to really love me. Being a mom is helping me to get a better grasp on His love, though. I love my daughter no matter what she does. I am not going to stop loving her if she pitches another fit in public or if she throws her food on the floor again, even though I told her that she is not to do that. As a good parent lovingly corrects a disobedient child’s behavior, so our Father corrects us when we disobey. Hebrews 12:9-11 tells us “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” We can take comfort in the fact that He will not stop loving us and that He will keep molding us to be more like Him. As the old children’s song illustrates so well...

He’s still workin’ on me,
To make me what I ought to be,
It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars,
How loving and patient He must be,
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me!

So remember to take time to analyze God’s Valentine to you. It won’t leave you in suspense of His feelings, and you won’t even have to get your best friend to ask Him if He likes you! You’ll find His love for you written on every page. Happy Valentine’s Day!

From: Volume 2 - Issue 2


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