Herein is Love
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:10-11
According to WalletHub’s 2018 Valentine’s Day survey, over a billion Valentine’s Day cards will be shared around the world today and in the United States alone, over 19 billion dollars will be spent on gifts. It’s incredible to think of the amount of money spent on things like flowers, chocolates, jewellery and other gifts that are designed to be symbolic tokens of the love we have for others. Yet, according to the same survey, 4 in 10 people would actually break up with their significant other if he or she spends irresponsibly, 53% of women would break up with their significant other if they don’t receive any gift at all and 27% of single people plan on buying themselves a gift to feel a little bit better about themselves.
After reading all these statistics, it made me think about the emptiness and loneliness among so many and about the shallowness and fragility that exists in many relationships. I understand that as a diverse audience reading this, there are the non-gift givers, the overboard spenders and the thrifty penny pinchers. I also believe there will be some that will probably feel let down, disappointed, or even lonely today. Perhaps you will receive an underwhelming gift or a “you should not have” gift or maybe no gift all, but when so much importance is placed on a perishable gift to show love and feel loved on a day like today, I couldn’t help but stop and think about how love has been truly shown to me.
I think about the reality of “For God so loved the world that he gave...” I begin to ponder,“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” And it should fill me with appreciation, with reality, with a depth unknown and so beyond my grasp as to the greatness of God’s gift to me.
So maybe just stop, bow your head and give thanks for the greatest display of love and greatest gift ever given to us.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom.6:23
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph.2:8-9
The reality is that today, Valentine’s Day, will not determine who I am, what I have, or how I am found in Christ and it will not shape or determine the level of love showered upon me. A gift that makes us feel more loved, special and appreciated humanely speaking, cannot compare to the gift given to us in Christ. So today, enjoy the greatest gift, enjoy Christ!