You are Loved!

Read: John 15:9-17

Max Lucado once wrote, “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen.”

This is the week of love! Valentine’s day is tomorrow for all of you last minute type of people. Usually we think of romantic love on this week, but it’s also good to be reminded of God’s unconditional love for us through his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus proclaims his love for you in John 15, and really throughout the entire New Testament.

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus went on to say that if you follow his ways and make him the Lord of our life he considers you his friend. You are loved indeed!

St. Augustine once commented on Christ’s love and said, “He loves each one of us as if there were only one of us.” I hope that you will embrace Christ’s love for you this week. It is far greater than any tongue can proclaim, it is much greater than the distance to the furthest star, and no book could contain it even if stretched from sky to sky.

If you happen to be in a cold climate this valentines day I encourage you to click on this link and allow the Christian music group Mercy Me to share that wonderful hymn (The Love of God) with you as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach.

May the love of Jesus and the assurance of his grace allow you to feel His love for you today. As Annie Johnson says in her wonderful poem “What God Hath Promised”

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.

Make it personal: Take this poem and make it your own this week. Write it down, place it in your bible, put it on your refrigerator, or place it in your wallet. But whatever you do, remember that Jesus died to bring you his undying love.

Happy Valentines Day,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church