I have loved you with an everlasting love. — Jeremiah 31:3
Eighteen years ago, I married the love of my life.
Doug is the perfect man for me. He is brilliant, funny, endlessly patient, supportive, passionate, kind, and big-hearted. He is my very best friend and loves me unconditionally. We enjoy being together, whether we are on a romantic date or simply running errands. I love the sound of his laugh and his warm smile still makes me weak in the knees. He is God’s greatest gift to me.
Yet, our love pales in comparison to the powerful and transcendent love of Another.
This One is indescribably beautiful. His love burns like a blazing fire, so strong and intense that it takes my breath away.
This One knows everything about me—the lovely as well as the ugly—yet He continues to relentlessly pursue me.
He doesn’t run from my brokenness…He embraces it…and then transforms me.
He is the personification of Joy, Peace, and Love.
He rejoices over me with singing. He calls me His bride.
To Him, love is not just a feeling; it is an action. I couldn’t come to Him, so He came to me.
He came for me.
He gave everything He had to give so that I could be His for all eternity.
It all happened as a result of the most powerful moment in the history of the world:
His Name is Jesus and He is the human face of God.
A.W. Tozer said this about the cross: “The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.”
Living in the light of His sacrificial and glorious love is my deepest joy, my sweetest song, my all-consuming passion, my journey to wholeness, my gateway to freedom.
And it is my sincere hope that this is true of you as well. The good news is that Jesus doesn’t have this love only for me; He freely offers it to everyone who comes to Him and admits their need: “To all who did receive Him, who believed on His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”– John 1:12
Regardless of your circumstance this Valentine’s Day–whether you are single, married, divorced, or widowed—you can be part of the grandest love story of all. I pray that you personally know the wondrous love of Christ and accept His invitation to you: “Arise, My love, My beautiful one, and come away. The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, and the season of singing has come.” — Song of Songs 2:10-12
Happy Valentine’s Day!