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2/13/16 at 01:05 PM 0 Comments

Jesus Is My Valentine!

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A few years ago, I started developing a morning discipline right after I got up in the morning. I started sitting in my favorite ‘lazy-boy’ chair without any agenda except to hang-out with my Heavenly Father. I got this idea from Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God’. Then, after clearing my mind, I ask the Father, “What’s on your heart today?” and simply listen in silence for a response.

This morning, while I was practicing that morning discipline, I heard the following, “I want to be loved!” So I asked him, ‘How can I show you love, Lord?’ He said two ways, “Tell me that you love me & do what I ask you to do.”

Wow! Talk about liberating! God said, Tell me that you love me and do what I ask you to do! I immediately thought of scriptures that were in support of this comment, confirming to me that those words were truly from our Heavenly Father. Then I began to remember that I am the Bride ‘to-be’ of Christ. But right now, I’m part of the Body of Christ. In other words, I’m engaged to be married to Christ. If you're a believer, so are you! That’s why God wants me to love him first Matthew 6:33). And that’s why God wants me to love others too. He wants me and you to love him first and learn to love what he loves and think like he thinks. Jesus wants to be My Valentine!

The Bottom Line:

Our Heavenly Father wants us to love him and love others – period! I Corinthians 13 bluntly states that we are nothing and have nothing without the love of God. To help us understand how God loves us and know more about his love, God inspired the entire old & New Testaments. In other words, the entire Bible is simply a Love Letter from God! Like John 3:16 states, “For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only son…”

I believe that many of us in the American church have lost our first. We’ve gotten distracted by the things of God like Martha did in John 11. Jesus told Martha that she was distracted by many things, but that Mary, who sat Jesus’ feet, chose the better thing. I believe that was because Jesus wanted people to love him and love others.

Jesus was saying to them, I want to be loved by you, not be your task master. Many of us have been so busy doing work for God that we’ve forgotten the God of the works. We no longer seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness as mentioned in Matthew 6:33. Rather, we seek other people’s opinions first and compromise God’s righteousness as we cower to political correctness. As a result, we quench the Spirit of God and sow to the flesh like Galatians 6:8 warns, wondering why we don’t hear God’s voice, know his will or fail to see increase in our lives or experience the joy of the Lord. Everything in the Kingdom of God come from love, because God IS LOVE.

Galatians 6:8 (NKJV)

8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The following Bible Verses in John 4:7-21 sums it all up…

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.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. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 16 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (NIV)

My Final Thoughts...

NO GOD – NO LOVE; KNOW GOD – KNOW LOVE!

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