Friday, February 13, 2009

True Love

The Inspired Room is hosting A Beautiful Life Friday, so here is my contribution. It's something different than what you normally read on my blog, but something that I've been thinking about alot lately.

Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated across the globe. February 14, every year, is greeted with red roses,chocolate and cards.

Valentine cards are swapped between lovers as a gesture of their love. Parties are arranged and youth flock to Valentine’s Dance parties. Passion runs high on this day of the year.

Why is the world so crazy about Valentine’s Day?
We should not celebrate it on one day only to not remember our love for those around us the rest of the year. What is the true love that has to be remembered and revered by all of us? Jesus said: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends” (John 15:13).

This is the truest, purest and greatest form of love. Does the world remember it like it does Valentine’s Day? I regret to say it does not. Do we ever dance for Jesus, who bled for us that blessed day on the cross to pay for our sins, the entire world’s sins? Do we ever take roses to those lying sick in hospitals and nursing homes to give them hope to live on? Do we ever send cards to tender our apologies to those we may have hurt by our vicious attitudes? Have we contemplated making things right with those whom we are not even on speaking terms? Do we return sweet words when confronted with provocative speech? If the answer to the questions posed above is in the affirmative, might I ask why we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Why is the world is placing a greater premium on Valentine’s Day rather than following the One who loved the world so dearly that He stretched out His hands on the cross and died? Love came into this world but men loved darkness instead of Light because their deeds were evil. I'm sure most of us have encountered people who flatly refused the Gospel and cursed the name of Jesus. Ironically enough, these same individuals enthusiastically participate in Valentine celebrations. It hurts me immensely when I see them opting for observance of a “Love Tradition” instead of embracing the True Love.

Love that gets you eternal love.

The "love" of today makes demands on us; be that a love for a beloved, love for our family, or love for our country. Each kind of love makes demands on the lovers. However, the Love God has for us makes no demands on us. It rather graces us with a gift, which is not sold in the biggest shopping malls of the world. No purse or pocket can pay for it. Eternal life is a gift of God, which comes through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans says: “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

How about giving the gift of eternal life on this Valentine Day? Let’s be different than the world. How about sharing and learning the greatest love of all, a Man who laid down His life for all of us. Love who bled, Love who suffered, Love who died and the Love who rose again to reign forever and evermore.

God Bless You!


Cass said...

Dear Darlene,

Thank you for a thoughtful and moving post.

Hopefully people can find ways to celebrate the flawed but precious romantic love, without forgetting or turning from the limitless and priceless divine Love.

One of the greatest gifts from God is romantic love; it's what holds people together through life's trials and triumphs.

There are so many opportunities for us to reflect divine Love here on earth -- in our marriages, in our "good works," in our daily dealings with family, with friends, and in business as well.

We are blessed to be able to do this, although none of us ever does enough of it! We do what we can, hopefully, and try always to do better. God's love is given so freely, an amazing grace indeed.

A Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours, and thank you again for a thought-provoking post.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such a beautiful post, and so right! It sure made me stop and think. Thank you. laurie

Violet said...

"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens!"
Lam. 3:41 How He loves us! ... and desires our hearts! Good post.

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