Valentine’s day has just passed and thoughts of amorous relationships still electrify the air. God made people with an assortment of emotions. They are powerful motivators in our lives. Some of them can drive us close together or separate us. Some can drive us close to God or to sin against Him. The Evil One is very much aware of the power of emotions. Because of that we must always be on guard and be especially careful in trusting our emotions. Jealousy and hatred are two that are meant to be deployed against Satan and his minions, but he has learned to twist and distort them within us for his own purposes.
Emotions can also be avenues to wisdom and knowledge. Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 13, verses 11-13), “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
The sensation of love is the greatest emotion we have been given. It is the greatest motivator and the greatest comforter. People have lived for love and died for love. God Himself demonstrated that very thing with His own son. But it too can be twisted and distorted by the Accuser and used for his purposes. For example, he can use one love to destroy another. So, even in love, vigilance is required.
One of the more painful experiences is to love someone and not have it returned. Nearly as bad is to love someone who does love you but has never told you. We never have to experience that pain in our relationship with God because He has always loved each of us and has told us so.
God wants us to follow His example. There may be people near you that you love who are suffering because you haven’t told them or haven’t told them lately — tell them.
We are made to be in loving relationships. Of course not all relationships are perfect. Some are near perfection, others are virtually impossible. Through God’s love, those that you love can become your allies in this world. They can help you get through it — a better world is coming. Take advantage of those alliances — tell them. Say it out loud or whisper it in their ear — whatever you need to do, but tell them.
You know how to do that don’t you?
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One thought on “A Belated Valentine”
It is really amazing how it feels when someone says “I love you” because it can make you feel like a new person when it is said sincerely. Jesus loves us sincerely, and when I read His word, and He tells me that – it is the best feeling! Just so when someone else I love says that to me as well. Love is powerful.