Hope your Valentines Day was happy!
Yesterday was, of course, Valentines Day. Thought to be nothing more than a Hallmark holiday by some, it really is a celebration of St. Valentine who distinguished himself with his life by loving God. I hope your day was genuinely lovely.
My pastor’s sermon this morning was on Ephesians 3:14-21, a beautiful passage of scripture that describes God’s love for us: “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
To illustrate his point, he quoted from theologian John Owen’s book Communion with God (written in 1657) which says – translated into my own modern-day English – that the worst possible thing we can do to God is to not believe that His love for us is real and abiding and everlasting and unconditional.
Most of us get caught up in the everyday sin we do, not ever considering that the biggest offense to God is to doubt His love for us. So, in celebration of Valentines Day (or, weekend) ponder that for a few minutes. Let God tell you how much He loves you today. And love Him back by believing it.