February 14th is the day nationally set aside to celebrate loving and being loved by someone else. We give little gifts like flowers and chocolates or poetry on a beautiful card to show how much we care for the special people in our lives. “I love you” is probably the most said phrase of this day. But what is love? Let’s take a moment to reflect on God’s Word and honor the Author of True Love as we seek out this answer.

In 1 John 4:7-11, it says “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every
one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God
sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is
love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation
for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

God IS love and He showed us that He loves us by sending His only perfect Son, Jesus
Christ, to die for our sins. Now I can’t imagine sacrificing my child for a really good
person but the true beauty of this demonstration of love is that according to
Romans 5:8-10 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to
God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.” God sent the first Valentine, His Son, not to a really nice person or someone who
cared a lot about Him but to sinners like us; enemies of God that He chose to love so He
could have a relationship with us. Have you received God’s Valentine to you,
accepting Christ’s death as payment for your sins and asked Him for forgiveness of those
sins?

This Valentine’s Day as we focus on love, let us remember John 3:16 that “God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him,
should not perish but have everlasting life”, and thank God for His great sacrificial love!