God’s Valentine

John 3:16

The wedding of an older couple was the topic of a television soap opera conversation.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Raquel.

“Wonderful?” asked Rita.

“Yeah. It’s so romantic. Just think, at their age! There’s hope for us all!”

Everyone loves a wedding, even if many of them do result in marriages that end in tears a few years later.

A wedding is always a time of hope. Never mind “for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.” At a wedding everyone is optimistic. After all, the two participants are in love aren’t they?

Love will certainly be on the agenda for a lot of people this Valentine’s Day. Men and women around the world will be saying it with flowers, chocolates, cards, and helium-filled balloons, and personal classified ads in the newspapers.

“I love you,” they will declare.

And for a great many of them it will be a case of “at their age, too!”

Raquel is right. It is romantic. And there is hope for us all.

The world needs more love—love between individuals that will spill over into love for others, love even for the unlovely and the unloved, love such as that demonstrated in the life and teaching of Jesus.

Jesus was taken in by no one. He knew people’s faults, but He also saw the good in them. And He loved them for it. And, as the New Testament records, time and again people responded to His love. They wanted to be what He showed them they were capable of becoming.

Valentine’s Day is a good day to start following Jesus’ example. As the song says, “You’re nobody until somebody loves you.” John 3:16 reminds us that God loves the world, each one of us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one arid only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And that makes everybody a “somebody!”

On this Valentine’s Day, when love for others is expressed, let us respond more than ever to that greatest love of all, the marvelous love of God for us, by committing more of our life to Christ. It’s a gift that promises eternal and matchless returns.

That’s why, as Raquel said, there’s hope for us all!

Charles King, The War Cry, U.K.

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