Will You Be My Valentine?
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with lovingkindness, I have drawn you.” — Jeremiah 31:3
Growing up, Valentine’s Day was a big deal.
Do you remember the first time you were asked to be someone’s Valentine?
I can’t say that I do, but I know it probably was an exciting moment. And, I also know how devastating it would have been not to be asked.
You see, love with all of its nuances can be a peculiar form of emotion.
When it’s good, it can be the most beautiful thing in the world. But it can be very damaging to one’s well-being when it’s bad.
Over the years, I have learned that only one person can demonstrate perfect love.
God, The Father.
God’s love is an agape type of love. It extends beyond anything that we could ever do or say. It’s the type of love that keeps showing up no matter what.
In today’s scripture passage, we read how God felt towards Israel. He said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
What does God mean by everlasting?
Merriam-Webster defines everlasting as, lasting or enduring through all time: eternal. Continuing for a long time or indefinitely.
Well, all I can say right here is, “thank God for grace!”
For God to love you and me through all times, for a long time, indefinitely is beyond what our natural minds can comprehend.
But guess what? It’s true.
In the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we can see the redemptive love of God in action. It never fails, and it never pushes us away. Instead, God’s love has an opposite effect. It draws. The only reason why it wouldn’t draw is if one doesn’t want to be drawn.
The love of God draws like a magnet pulling us closer and closer to Him. And, as He is drawing, He is asking, like that childhood sweetheart, “Will you be My Valentine?” Will you be the one with whom I can share my everlasting love indefinitely?”
As adults, we may not hear those five words, in a question, from those around us.
And that’s fine.
Just know this, the Father is asking 365 days of the year, “Will you be My Valentine?”
What will your answer be?
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.