Happy Valentine’s Day

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We are living in the most incredible love story ever told, every day of our lives. It is all about God and His vast, unchanging love for us that took Him to the cross to remove the barrier of sin between Him and us, and then set about the task of making us spotless and blameless in His sight as His Bride. All of this is to present us to Himself at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, from which we will reign with Him forever.

We are His Valentine, and our appeal to Him has nothing to do with our intrinsic beauty. As a matter of fact, in our sin, which is where He found us, we are pretty ugly and undesirable. But this is where God’s love is so unique: We become beautiful through His love. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” the saying goes, and that is exactly the case with us. God turns our ugliness into beauty through His love.

This is hard for us to believe because we have a tendency to not love ourselves. This can be for all sorts of reasons. We sell ourselves short, or put ourselves down. We refuse to believe our forgiveness. We punish ourselves. We hesitate to let go off our guilt because in spite of what Christ has done for us, we think we have to pay for our sins. At least we think we feel better if we do. This is twisted and false. It is a lie of he devil.

When all along, all we need to do is accept His love. Believe what God sees us to be — lovely and worthy of His love. His love makes us that way. Learn to love yourself because God loves you completely, unconditionally. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that God not only loves you … He finds you lovely. He desires you. He’s thought about this and planned for you from before the beginning of time. He has worked this out. He’s invested all of history in making His relationship with you possible.

So believe it. You are His Valentine. Receive this gift from Him today. It’s our day. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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6 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. peter leenheer says:

    What a very encouraging Catch!!! A terrific description of unconditional love!!!!

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Loved this, from Today’s excellent Catch: “Learn to love yourself because God loves you completely, unconditionally. ” Amen!

  3. jwfisch says:

    Sounds so simple, but it’s so hard to do.

  4. Hillel the Elder was a rabbi who lived in the Holy Land during the first century BCE. He was once challenged by a man who demanded: “Teach me the entire Torah while I am standing on one foot!”

    Now, the man had already challenged other rabbis of the time, and none of them would consider such a ridiculous request. After all, who could teach about the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), the books of the Prophets, and the Holy Writings (including Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, etc.) while someone stood on one foot!

    But Hillel was different, and especially known for his patience. He was kind to the man and took up the challenge. While the man stood on one foot, Hillel taught: “What is hateful to you, do not do to others. The rest is commentary – go study it!”

    Hillel’s reply was another way of saying the Bible verse telling us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), or as we read in verse 34, “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself. In other words, Hillel was teaching that loving others is essentially what the Bible is all about!

    [Loving and] helping others through acts of kindness have always been extremely important and… as Hillel the Elder demonstrated, it is the main lesson behind the entire Bible. God counts on us to provide for the needy and to use what He has given us for the less fortunate.

    In that way, we show our regard for God as Creator of all people, share His goodness with others, and draw others to Him. At the same time, we contribute to the overall mission of all humanity. Judaism refers to this as tikkun olam, which means, “fixing the world,” making it a place of goodness and godliness. That is our purpose and our privilege.

    We find this same teaching in the book of John… when Jesus taught his disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

    The hallmark of both the Jewish and Christian faiths is love — for God, for family and friends, for our neighbors, for one another, and for the world.

    Excerpted from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotionals:
    “The Hallmark OF Our Faith”
    http://www.ifcj.org/learn/holy-land-moments/daily-devotionals/the-hallmark-of-our-faith.html

    • Mark D Seguin says:

      Big Amen to this: “The hallmark of both the Jewish and Christian faiths is love — for God, for family and friends, for our neighbors, for one another, and for the world.”

      PS reading about Rabbi Hillel was interesting too!

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