Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FaithLife Devotional

Feb. 10, 2018 at 11 a.m.


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Recognized as a day we express our love, we give cards, candy, and other expressions of our affections to those who hold a special place in our hearts. Do you have someone special in your life?

So often, singles, the widowed, and the divorced feel left out on this day. While it is true that they may not have a significant other in their lives, they are loved. Parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and friends love them. Most of all, the God of heaven loves them. If you feel left out this Valentine's Day, let me give you some suggestions that will help you feel overwhelmed with loved.

Call, text, write, or visit those you love you, and express your love to them. Whether family, friends, or even your pastor, as you tell others of your love, they will reciprocate, reminding you that you are not alone or forgotten. Don't wait for others to contact you. You go first, and you will be amazed to how others genuinely care for you.

Throw a Valentine's party and invite others who are not dating or married. Invite them to exchange cards or gifts with each other. To feel loved, you don't need a mate or partner. By allowing others into your life, you can experience an intimacy that goes well beyond romance. Friendships can be strong bonds of warmth and love. The Bible teaches that to have friends, we must be friendly first (Proverbs 18:24).

Allow God to love you. First Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you." God's arms are open wide, ready to receive and love you. After washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus made a profound statement about love. He said the greatest love you could ever know is the love of someone who lays down His life for you (John 15:13). And that's exactly what He did, proving He loves you. You are His Valentine.



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