Monday, February 14, 2011

Because of Your Love

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!" -- 1 John 3:1

View DetailsValentine's Day is a day to celebrate love.  For many it is a bittersweet holiday because of personal loss or loneliness, but for all of us it can be a joyful day because of God's love.

Scripture is full of passages which declare God's love for His children.  Whether we are walking close beside Him or have wandered far from His sheepfold, He never ceases to love us.  God created us as an expression of His love, to be an expression of His love to a lost and hurting world. 

In the fourth chapter of John's first epistle, we are told that "Love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love:  not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (vs 7-10).

When I woke up this morning, Paul Baloche's song, "Because of Your Love," was one of the first things that came to mind.  It's a song that has been in my heart all day. You can listen to the whole song by clicking here
The chorus says:
Because of Your love, we're forgiven
Because of Your love, our hearts are clean
We lift You up with songs of freedom
Forever we're changed because of Your love
This Valentine's Day, will you let him forgive you, cleanse your heart, and forever change you?  Your surrendered heart is all God wants for Valentine's Day.  Will you give it to Him?

Happy Valentine's Day!

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