Tuesday, February 15, 2011

True Love

Isaiah 54:10: "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you."
So yesterday was Valentine's Day, a day completely centered around love. Though the world of course got it all wrong, as Christians we can still use the day as a reminder. A reminder of the unfathomable love of God and Jesus Christ. It reminded me of the song "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" by Stuart Townend. It's a beautiful song, listen to it!

Here's the lyrics:

How deep the Father's love for us,

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the chosen One,

Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,

My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,

Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that helf Him there

Until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life

I knoww that it is finished

I will not boast in anything

No gifts, no power, no wisdom

But I will boast inJesus Christ

His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

I can't even comprehend His love. I am such a lowly sinner who is constantly messing up and yet He wants to have a personal relationship with me. I am so in awe of God and I want to spend every moment of my life living for Him and His glory.
The day before Valentine's I was a little down, not much but enough for me to feel kinda crummy. I was dwelling on not having a significant other and everywhere I looked I saw happy couples. It was actually pretty hard to deal with before I got my priority and my perspective straight. I realize now that I already have a Valentine. One who gave His life for me on the cross, one who loves me with unending love.
John 15:13:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends
1 John 3:16:

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

So if you were like me and saw Valentine's Day as Single Awareness Day, remember you are loved deeply by the One who made you.

1 Corinthians 13:4–8a

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ...