Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
It’s that time of year again. “Love is in the air.” That begs the question of what kind of air have we been breathing for the last year if celebrating “love” is relegated to just one day? Valentine’s Day is largely a day to celebrate romance so if this isn’t or has never been your experience, that day could seem little more than a reminder of your singlehood (something you already know) or a marketing ploy (something you’re supposed to buy into). But love comes in more than one form and is more than a ritual or cultural tradition. As my pastor says, if you want to know what something is, you talk with its creator. But love isn’t a thing. It lives and it breathes. It’s more than action: It’s a BEING.
First John 4:7 says that God is love and everyone who loves is born of God. Genesis 1:25-26 says that God made man in His own image. He is our Father, Creator, Manufacturer, and Author. He breathed into us the breath of life. With that being said, if God is love and we are created of Him, then that means we are love, too (especially as we are believers). The love spoken of in 1 John 4:7 comes from the Greek word agape, meaning affection, good will, benevolence, brotherly love, and (most interestingly) love feast. If our God is affectionate, bearing good will, loves us, and is a love feast, than that means we are all these things because our Father created us with His kind of love in mind. He and we are love personified.
That’s no shade to the greeting card companies, St. Valentine himself, or Hollywood’s stamp of approval on what’s romantic (okay, maybe a mulberry bush), but what these all seem to lack is the continual mark of the everlasting love that God had in mind when He wrote you into His timeline. He meant for His kind of love to meet humanity (that includes you) on all kinds of levels and for every day of the year. That’s why He sent His precious Son. (Hallmark can’t beat that!) So as you go about your day, when you think of God, think of love. When you think of love, think of God because without Him, we wouldn’t know what love is. He created the love between parent and child, friend and friend, neighbor and neighbor, heart and heart. His love isn’t limited to one day and isn’t only for spouses and boyfriends and girlfriends. His love is SIGNIFICANT, EXTRAVAGANT, and meant to be shared among us all.
He is the root of it all, the cornerstone, the springboard, the step forward. We should give Him some props and celebrate He who is love. Love breathed inside of you. (Take a minute and let that marinate.) When we are in HIM, then we are truly living in and taking up residence in LOVE. So get to know LOVE. Trust in LOVE. Profess LOVE. Perform LOVE. Be in LOVE.
Because, I mean, who doesn’t want to have a relationship with LOVE?