What a deep subject. No matter how long we strive, I’m not sure we will ever be able to fully comprehend the depth of God’s love for us. We speak of his love and care so often, yet it seems that we live in bewilderment, wondering if he really does love us. So we begin speculating as to why God allows certain events to happen (or not happen) and soon find ourselves filled with doubts as to just how important we are to God.
February is the “love” month…obviously…after all, it’s the month in which the Super Bowl is played… But even if we want to discuss the fact that February plays host to a holiday dedicated to the giving of candy, flowers, and hearts, we would still say that February is the “love” month. Each year most people spend Valentine’s Day with the person they love. We use this day to remind our loved ones just how special they are to us. And with any luck, we men can somehow claw our way back into the good graces of our fair maidens.
In the words of Paul Webster and Sammy Fain, “Love is a many splendored thing.” And God’s love is most splendid of all. As the world seems to love more this month, or at least think about love more this month, I wonder if it would be out of place for us to contemplate the love of our heavenly Father?
The Bible says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Cor. 13:4-8). And again, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). This is the picture of God’s love for us. Deeper than the ocean. More powerful than we can imagine. What a wonderful reality to know that God loves even me.