There is an old hymn best known as a children's Sunday School song called, Jesus Loves Me. "Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so." it was written as a poem in 1860 by Anne B. Warner to comfort a dying child. It tells the fundamental truth of God's love for us.Have you ever sung that song? I have and so have my children.
I haven't always felt loved in my life. You probably haven't either. When I was a new Christian, it finally dawned on me the truth of that song. It struck home along with the familiar Bible passage John 3:16-18 helping me understand God loved me and had a purpose for my life. My father, a young Navy man, should have gone on an assignment which everyone died. He lived because of a last minute change serving, instead, his tour on the USS Cowpens in the Pacific Theater.He was also in Pearl Harbor the day the Japanese attacked. My mother, as a young girl, had appendicitis.Her appendix ruptured. She was not treated for it properly, yet she lives today. I should have a lot of brothers and sisters, but for some reason, my mother miscarried the majority of her babies. She only had three of us. My parents were skeptical that I would be born full-term, but I am here to tell you this story. Essentially, I shouldn't have been born except for God's intervention in several events that would have rendered me non-existent. When I really needed to know how loved I was, these facts came together in my 20-something mind-- God created me for a reason. He loved me enough that Jesus died on the cross for me so I could live forever with Him. "Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so..."
Nicodemus came to Jesus at night to ask Him a question. Although hiding to protect his own life, Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jewish Council really understood that Jesus was exactly who He said He was. The words of the Prophets Nicodemus learned from his childhood were not lost on him. It took some explanation on Jesus' part, but Nicodemus learned of God's great love for him that night.
What events in your parents' lives and in your own life could have had a devastating effect on your life today? Do you see God's purpose for your existence today?Whether obvious or subtle, you are here today reading this for a reason.
God's love came first for us, then our love for Him follows. The realization of God's love for us prompts us to accept His gift of salvation. Although we do absolutely nothing to earn it, nor can we pay God back for it, we are expected to share that love with others around us.Those who do not know the love of God do not love.Those who do love others also love God. It's an interesting loop.
Do you know God's love? Do you know where you will be when you die? Do you want a new life? Then pray to accept Jesus as your Savior. Allow Him to transform your life today.
If you know God's love, take it out and share it with others. Our world does not know Him. You may be the only example of His love others will ever see. Offer someone a real Valentine! "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so."
Happy Valentine's Day! May God bless you.