But today, as I reflect on the blessing of my mate and the amazing journey God has taken us on the past five years (this is our fifth Valentine's Day together), I am reminded that as much as Mr. McGoo loves me, he is still capable of letting me down. He's human. I'm human. We can choose to be selfish and not put the other first. Our pride is able to get in the way if we do not rely on the strength of God daily, minute by minute to put our spouse before ourselves.
However, there is someone in my life that will NEVER let me down. He's the source of my love and gives me the strength to love Mr. McGoo and people around me in a way that is outside of myself. And that love comes from Jesus Christ.
This Valentine's Day, may you reflect on the words below, as I have, and be reminded that Jesus loves you. You are NEVER too far away for His outstretched hand. He will always love. Always be faithful. He will NEVER let you down!
1 John 4:7-21
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
A fitting song for today is below... "How He Loves Us" - take a few moments, watch and listen and remember today that the greatest love of all, the love of Jesus Christ is ours to hold onto today and forever!!
Happy Valentine's Day!