Tina Turner’s lyrics are not only catchy, but thought provoking. On February 14th, millions of couples around the world will celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolates, kisses, and champagne. But what does love really have to do with it? The Bible says the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it? Browsing through high school year books and photo albums may bring back fond memories of those we thought we loved, or at least had a crush on. That was puppy love—dog-eared and sometimes defiant against our parents’ better judgment.
Beyond puppy love, most adults have experienced at least one love of their lives—passionate with promising permanence. But statistics indicate that passionate love usually fizzles out in the divorce courts, leaving broken hearts, damaged emotions and tattered dreams. A fortunate few find lasting love and marriage with spouses that have grown accustomed to emotional ups and downs, morning breath, toilet seats left upright, and toothpaste tubes unmercifully squeezed -- alas from the wrong end!
But there is one love that never fails and is longer lasting than a chocolate kiss or a dozen red roses; and that’s the love of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Everlasting and eternal life far surpasses the most passionate kiss from an enamored heartthrob. You see, the love of God is unconditional, without compromise, and without partiality. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, He promises that He will never leave or forsake us. In Him, born-again believers are accepted in the beloved. We no longer have to worry that a weight gain of ten or twenty pounds will cause Him to leave; or that being diagnosed with breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, or even AIDS will cause Christ to withdraw His love.
When others see us as not worth loving, God in His imminent grace looks beyond our fleshly faults, misplaced desires, and wanton sins. He extends to us the power of reconciliation in the person of Jesus Christ and allows us the privilege of forgiveness through His Son’s shed Blood. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
This Valentine’s Day, as we seek to express affection for those who we love the most, let us not forget to express our gratitude for the unconditional love of the Savior. His sacrificial offering at Calvary’s Cross over 2,000 years ago reaches far beyond random acts of kindness or passion. He is the only way back to the Father and the bridge to eternal life. Believe Him, receive Him, accept Him as Lord, and experience Him as a Supreme Lover.