Some say Valentine’s Day isn’t so sweet…

I found an article telling how confusing Valentine’s day is for some people and how hard it is on others.  Now, you would think that having a day to say, “I love you.” to those close to you would be simple however, Reuters News Service reported that:

  1. Eight million Americans admit to sending themselves Valentine gifts. So the person sitting next to you in the office may or may not have an unknown admirer.
  2. Valentine’s day is a very lonely day for many especially if they have lost a lifelong partner or never had one.
  3. Men and women have differences as to what is the perfect Valentine’s gift. Most women surveyed thought jewelry would be a good gift while it only came in fifth place when men rated it.
  4. The survey suggested that three million couples have actually broken up on Valentine’s day.

As confusing as Valentine’s Day may be for people one thing we can be sure of is that God loves us, not only because of the words he has said, but also because of the gift he has given.  We see the Father’s love in that He loved the world so much that he gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

He didn’t choose a box of chocolate or a cute teddy bear…

This shows an important truth to us.  God did not demonstrate his love for us with a box of candy or a Hallmark card.  He did not buy us gifts or take us out for a fine meal.  St. Paul wrote this: “God demonstrated His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

As we experience God’s love for us we then share His love and our love with those around us in our words and actions.  This month gives us an opportunity to do just that.  Who is it that you can reach out to and say “I love you.”?

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