Summary: Hallmark is known for its card, yet they cannot duplicate the greatest love story of all times. God’s valentine to us
God’s Valentine to Us
1JN 3:1 how great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
1JN 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
1JN 3:7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
1JN 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
1JN 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
1JN 3:21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Valentine’s Day every Feb. 14th we celebrate this day of Love. Now the Greek has 4 different terms for this word, the New Testament uses three of them. Philas which means brotherly love, it is the root word for Philadelphia, which is called the city of brotherly love. Delphi is Greek for city, Philas Greek for brotherly love. The second Greek term is Eros, the root word for our word erotic, it is sexual love between a man and woman, never meant anything else. Yet what does that have to do with Valentine’s Day and this passage? All the words for Love are encompassed in the third Greek word.
Agapao= we all understand that this word means unconditional love. God’s great love is unconditional. We have done nothing to deserve it yet God gives it without a hitch. That famous verse of Paul’s writings Romans 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In his demand for love Jesus took previous sayings: Love God; love your neighbor; do unto others as you would have the do unto you. However, he did so in a startlingly exclusive and unconditional way. Love of God means total commitment and total commitment and total trust (Mt. 5:29-30; 6:24ff). It encompasses total loyalty to God alone. Not divided between priorities, it means God comes first. This is the command found in the first four commandments.