1 John 4:7-11
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love has not known God, because God is love. This is how God’s love for us was revealed: God has sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we may live through him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us so much, we also should love one another.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You loved us when we were unlovable, lost in our sins, and your enemies. No one would know love without you; we lost it when we fell into sin. Thank you for sending us your Son and not discarding us away as we deserve. Your forgiveness is not something we can take for granted; Jesus gave up all the glories of heaven to become like us and go to the cross for us; as John wrote, this is love that you loved us. Can we ever fully grasp the height and depth of your love for us?
This Valentine’s Day gives us opportunities to reflect your love to others. To forgive them as you have forgiven us, and for those that don’t know you, to tell them of your love for them. Lord, thank you for loving us. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Love is not the desire for another but forgiving them when they have wronged you.