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True Love

February 15, 2009

Chocolates, roses, candlelight, soft music, wry smiles, a clean shaven man, a make-up’d woman, a near empty bank account for the clean shaven man as a result of paying terroristic prices for the chocolates and roses. All the signs of Valentine’s Day are here.

Children filling out there tiny Peanuts or Hello Kitty or Transformers or Bob the Builder valentine’s cards for everyone in their class, including the class bully, who gets a Fairy godmother card naming him princess of the ball. Yes, the sweet mockery of Valentine’s Day is here. Yes, someone will be beaten for this.

Valentine’s Day is far from perfect. For some, it is the most depressing day of the year. It’s a day where many are reminded of what could have been, what was, what isn’t. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with someone about this feeling in their hearts, I will always take full advantage of the opportunity to remind them that they are anything but unloved. In fact, Valentine’s Day is a great time to remember the love they were shown about 2000 years ago.

When you think about Romans 5.8, you can’t help but feel loved. It would be one thing for God to show love to us as we tried our hardest to make Him happy. But He did it while we were sinners, haters, bullies. Jimmy Needham’s song, Dearly Loved, sums it all up. (Actually, in all honesty, I don’t get a lot of the song, but the chorus is amazing.) Here’s the chorus:

It’s worth it brothers, and it’s worth it friends, to know your maker, to lose your sin. Did you know that you are dearly loved?

Happy Valentines Day.

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