As we get closer and closer to Valentine’s Day the topic that most people are talking about is love. It’s true that many people take this whole month to really focus on love and romance and I think that can be a very good thing. It’s not a good thing when this month or these 14 days are the only time that you focus on your relationships, but sometimes it’s good to really dedicate extra time and effort to something that should be very important to you.
In thinking about the topic of love and romance it got me thinking about one of the biggest topics around love for people of faith, God’s love. There’s a lot we can learn from His love and how He loves, so as I was working on my devotion this week I ran across a few verses that I wanted to share with you here today because they share a really important reminder about love. Take a look:
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8
“…may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” Ephesians 3:18-19a
The interesting thing about all of these verses is that they talk about love in multiple dimensions, using multiple senses and in experiencing it beyond the obvious. The challenge many of us face in experiencing or living love is that it’s not instant. It’s not something we can throw a bunch of money at and get what we want. Love takes work. It’s something that is best experienced when you fully immerse yourself in it. It’s like many wines that it often gets better with time, but unlike wine you can’t just leave it alone and expect it to get better. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it can be as simple as a child loving their pet, or loving how your partner holds your hand. But in other ways it is complicated because many of the best loves do have multiple layers and depth to them.
So this week as you think about your Valentine plans or you think about the person that God has planned for you in the future, I encourage you to try to see love outside of the box that you may have stuck it in. What have you missed about love?