God's Love vs. Man's Love
This week, many of you will be celebrating a special holiday (Men, here is your reminder to get flowers and chocolates). Valentine’s Day is a special day when we remember the love we have for our significant other. We spend the whole day showering our partners with gifts, flowers, candies, and maybe even a nice, candle-lit dinner. It’s good to show the people closest to us that we love them and appreciate them. In fact, I think the strongest couples do so on a regular basis, not just on Valentine’s Day.
As you are declaring your love for your spouse or significant other this Thursday, don’t forget to remember the love that God has shown us. When I look at how much I love my wife, I know it doesn’t even come close to the amount of love God has for His people. God’s love is so much different than man’s love.
God’s love is eternal, man’s is emotional. Since the beginning, God has loved His people and has proven that throughout the entire Bible. Paul tells us that because God loved us, he chose us to be adopted into the name of Jesus Christ before the foundations of the world were even set. (Eph. 1:4-5). He has always loved us and will continue to love us. However, we love based on emotion. We love whatever is making us feel good. Many people have left their spouse because the love “just went away.” We need to learn to love like God loves. God looks at us even in our darkest times and continues to show His love for us.
God’s love is selfless, man’s is selfish. God’s love for His people drove Him to send His only Son to die on earth as a criminal (John 3:16). He gave up everything so that you and I can have hope at eternal life. In most relationships, each side of the couple is in it for some sort of self-satisfaction. Maybe it’s physical or emotional needs. Maybe it’s the need to feel wanted or maybe it’s the feeling of security. Whatever it is, we as humans look for love so that we can have our own wants fulfilled.
Let us learn to love like God loves. Go read 1 Corinthians 13 and see if it describes your marriage or your relationship with God. Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. Let us share it with those closest to us.