“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3
Valentine’s Day, as celebrated in many Western countries, is supposed to be a day
filled with gifts (usually candy and flowers), lovingly worded greeting cards, and
special acts of kindness. Yet for many people—young and old—it is a day marked
by an aching heart. The single mother weighed down by burdens of
responsibilities almost too heavy to bear. A widowed man sitting quietly in his
rocker with only tears of memory as his companion. The young single woman
wonders why she alone, among so many of her friends, is without a fiancé or
husband. The married couple who merely co-exist without a spark of passion. The
candy is consumed, the flowers fade and many of the special acts are
unfortunately replaced with less loving gestures.
What happened on February 15th? Is there a love that helps us bear our burdens,
wipes our tears, and satisfies our longings? Madeleine L ’Engle writes: “One of our
children when he was two or three years old used to rush at me when he had
been naughty, and beat against me, and what he wanted by this monstrous
behaviour was an affirmation of love. And I would put my arms around him and
hold him very tight until the dragon was gone and the loving small boy had
returned. So God does with me. I strike out at Him in pain and fear and He holds
me under the shadow of His wings. Sometimes He appears to me to be so
unreasonable that I think I cannot live with Him, but I know that I cannot live
Thank you, Father, that your love doesn’t depend on my worth or my reactions,
that you loved me from before the beginning of time, that your love can fill all the
empty spaces of my heart.
His love is one that never fails.
A love that never fails! Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Has human love ever failed
you? I’m guessing your answer may be, “Yes it has—more times than I like to
1 Corinthians 13:8 promises that “love never fails!” Not God’s kind of love
I sense you may be so thirsty for this type of love. Those who should have loved
you, did not. Those who could have loved you, didn’t. You were left at the
hospital. Left at the altar. Left with an empty bed. Left with a broken heart. Left
with your question, “Does anybody love me?”
Listen to heaven’s answer: God loves you—with a love that never fails.
Personally. Powerfully. Passionately. God loves you with unfailing love!
And His love, if you’ll let it, can fill you! Come thirsty, my friend, and drink deeply!