For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3: 16

Since 498A.D. when Pope Gelasius declared February 14th Saint Valentine’s Day, people have marked this date as one on which to commemorate and to honor love. The need for love is a basic one that all people have, and we put a great deal of energy into its pursuit. Yet, all of the effort, anguish, intensity, and expense that every person throughout history has invested in seeking after and holding onto love is as nothing in comparison to what God did in order to perfect His promise to love us perfectly forever.

The card that God sent to us was written in verses so elegant and complete that there is no aspect of human experience that are not covered by them, and they were penned in the blood of Jesus so that they would never fade and their promise would be unbreakable. All of our experience of true love comes from God, and our greatest and only hope for lasting love comes from a relationship with Him. God’s sacrificial love for us is the foundational model for the sort of love that can be self-sacrificingly humble while not abandoning the identity that God has gifted each of us with. His commitment to us is total, and He asks each of us to return that commitment to Him through the way that we choose to be loving toward others.

Receive the heart gift of Christ’s absolutely sacrificial love, reflect on the verses of His life poem to your heart, and delight in His everlasting presence; then, share that gift with others in your life. God desires to be the faithful lover of every soul, and His greatest desire is for each person in the world to know the deep joy of being loved totally. This is the Valentine’ Day blessing that God wants everyone to receive.