Queue the sappy movies, the jewelry commercials, and flowers galore…Valentine's Day is right around the corner! It's a day of love and great expectation from your significant other! Some people love it, and some people completely despise it.
It has become so commercialized that U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $143.56 on Valentine’s Day as 55 percent of the population celebrates this year, an increase from last year’s $136.57, according to NRF’s annual survey. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion, up from $18.2 billion last year.
But what if you don't have a special person to spend the day with? What if someone just walked out on you or you just lost someone to death? What a hard day to sit back and watch others wallow in the joy of love! I have had a really stinky Valentine's Day before. I was actually broken up with on Valentine's! Talk about bad timing!
I was talking with a friend the other day that had been severely hurt by someone she was dating. Trust was broken time and time again, and she had to walk away. She made the comment that she has learned that God was her first love and He will always be her true love!
So that's what brought me to this blog post. On a day that is filled with cupids, hearts, and gifts galore, God gave us the ultimate gift and showed us the greatest love that anyone could possibly show…His one and only son, Jesus!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I want to challenge you to shift your focus from the materialistic and tangible ways that the world says we should love and start at the beginning, where true LOVE first began.
If you are a child of God, how do you rekindle that love relationship with Jesus? You may not know Jesus as your personal Savior. If that's the case, we want to pray for you and talk with you!
I came up with an acronym for LOVE that may help to keep our eyes on the One who gave His life for ours…the most beautiful act of love.
L - Lean into Jesus: Lean means to "rest for support."
Audra wrote a post yesterday about how we can be intentional about spending time with the Lord. In any relationship, you have to spend time with each other to get to know one another. You have to communicate, and you have to listen. Leaning into Jesus and spending time in His Word and in prayer is a great way to combat Satan's lies that you are "lonely" on a day like Valentine's or that you don't have anyone. Rest in Jesus that He is enough!
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:3
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:2
O - Obey His Word: Obey means to "carry out commands or instructions."
As we spend time with the Lord, we are called to put His Word into action! How blessed we are to be given the most perfect, infallible book that was ever written! It's our instruction on how to lead others to Christ and how to live daily. God's Word is our encouragement when we feel alone, when we don't know where to turn, when we don't think we can make it another day…it's God speaking directly to us. So why do we take it for granted? When we hide His Word in our hearts and memorize Scripture, the Holy Spirit brings it to our minds exactly when we need it! Fill your heart and your mind with His promises, so when Satan tries to tell you differently, you can take those thoughts captive!
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
V - Value who you are in Christ: Value means "importance, worth or usefulness for something."
You are valued, you are beautiful, and you are loved. If no one has ever told you that, let me be the first to tell you that Christ thinks you are super amazing! Don't take my word for it, read the Scriptures and believe it! Christ has placed you where you are for a beautiful purpose, ask Him to show you and use you where you are.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
E - Enjoy knowing the love of Christ! : Enjoy means "take delight or pleasure in."
Christ delights in you! Yes…He really does! Sometimes we let the noise of the world overshadow what Christ is doing. Make it your prayer to notice all that Christ is doing around you and through you. He never leaves us! We are the ones that drift away; He is just waiting for us to run back to Him!
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:26
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3
I don't know your situation, but I pray that if you are feeling lonely leading up to Valentine's Day that you will know that there is someone who loves you so very much! He loves you with an overwhelming, never-ending, reckless kind of love! I have posted a song below that I heard a few weeks ago. Listen and make it the cry of your heart! He loves us, and He pursues us! There is no better message of love than the love of Christ!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!