As I have gotten older, I’ve realized this is not much of a holiday for myself. When I was truly in love, I did not need a special day to tell my fiancee’ how I felt. I wanted her to feel special every day.
This so-called holiday has taken me through a variety of emotions over my lifetime. As a child, my mother helped me cut out Mickey Mouse Valentine’s Day cards for the girls in my class, and maybe one for my favorite teacher as well.
As a teenager, I don’t remember doing anything special for my girlfriends in high school. When I was a young adult and in love for the first time, every day was magical. Furthermore, Valentine’s Day was another opportunity for us to do something special together. Picnics at sunset, midday matinee movies, or just taking a drive to somewhere-anywhere together. Despite our limited budget, we would find ways to make each moment together special.
Years later, after our engagement ended, there were several unfulfilling relationships where I went through the motions on V-Day. I knew in my heart there was no long-term future, it was something I chose to do as a gentleman.
I lived through the ups and downs of several fractured relationships. However, I had forgotten about the One who has always loved me with unconditional love. I met Him at the age of five. I even asked Him to come and live within my heart. His name is Jesus. He loves me so much that He was willing to die for my sins.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. – John 3:16-17
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
My friend, God not only loves me with unconditional love, but He also loves you as well. God desires to have an intimate personal relationship with us, so He sent His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He has given us the opportunity to accept His gift of love and become an essential part of His family.
We have done nothing to deserve His love, and that is what makes this so unique. I thank Him every day for His grace and mercy. I also thank God for His patience. For decades after asking Christ into my heart; I took advantage of His grace, and I did nothing to foster and grow our relationship.
In the same way, as I behaved in my human relationships, I went through the motions because that was expected, but I did not seek to let God know how much I loved Him. It is only because of His amazing grace that I am here today talking with you about how passionately I love my Lord and Savior.
But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised up with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. -Ephesians 2 : 4-6
For this reason, because of the love that Christ had shown us, it should affect how we live daily. Living with humility, willing to do God's will obediently and showing a Christlike love to all who we come in contact with each day. This is how a Christian should live Click To Tweet
For me, this has become my goal. That is why I chose Colossians 1:10 as my mission statement not only for this website but for my life. The verse covers all the bases regarding Christian Living to the fullest.
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:10
The verses that follow are fantastic as well.
Strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously. Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. – Colossians 1:12-13
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20
God’s love is unconditional. Meaning He loves us completely, utterly and thoroughly. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. He does not care about our past, but He has definite and unique plans for our future. No matter what your situation, God loves you. He wants what is best for you. It may or may not seem that way at times, but I want you to know that it’s true. You are a child of the King of Kings if you know Him as your Savior.
God Wants what is Best
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. – 1 John 3:1
I want to leave you with two of my favorite verses about God’s love from one of the best chapters in the Bible, Romans 8. In verse twenty-eight is reads:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
So, I will leave you with one remarkable final verse regarding the unconditional love of God found in Romans chapter 8. Read these words and meditate on them.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
It’s my hope that as you read these scriptures from God’s Word, that you will understand how much He loves you unconditionally. Let God’s love for you affect how you approach each day. Be encouraged, friend, you are loved more than you can imagine.
Horace Williams Jr.