Not only is this Valentine’s Day, but it’s also my 100th blog post. To celebrate, I thought about posting 100 things I love about my son, or 100 things I love about being a mom, or 100 ways I try to stay sane while loving my son and being a good mom.
But instead of making an exhaustive list of 100 things most people won’t read because they don’t have the time, I thought I’d keep it simple and just focus on the heart of the matter: love. No matter what your relationship status is, there really is only one love we need. One love which we thrive on and one love that defines the relationships of our significant others, family and friends.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. ~1 John 4:10
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. ~2 John 1:6
Another one of my favorite passages explains how He shows His love for us. I love the comfort I find in verse 11, but see if you can find the heart.
10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ~Jeremiah 29:10-14
And the best part is, once He gives us His gift of love, it can never be taken away, as we can see in Romans 8:35-39:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.
So whatever you are dealing with in your life right now, I hope you can feel the love.