February is Love month. It is hard to escape it. Massive amounts of red and pink stuffed hearts, cards, candies and chocolates line the aisles of retail establishments. Local eateries are decorated with big red hearts, cardboard cutouts of an overweight, underdressed angel with an bow and arrow, and festive glittery red decorations. Did you know that in honour of Valentine’s day you can even order your pizza in the shape of a heart?
Sure it’s fun but it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the sweet celebration of love for each other that we forget where all this love really came from.
I love what we are told in 1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us.
When I was in grade school, long before I even knew Jesus, I learned this very simple, yet incredibly profound song about the Christian faith. Maybe you will recognize it:
Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me; Yes, Jesus loves me; Yes, Jesus loves me;
The Bible tells me so.”
Do you remember that? So today, and whenever you see one of those big red hearts or when the heart-shaped pizza you ordered arrives at your door, remember this:
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or even if you love Him back - Jesus love you!
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. – James 1:17