A Living Valentine
by Susan Miller
February is usually associated with Valentine’s Day. It’s a special time to convey our love to those we hold most dear through the tradition of cards, flowers, or candy. I have even saved cards with messages of love and friendship over the years in a pretty box that I will always cherish.
God’s word is His message of love to all of us.
If you think about it, God has chosen us to be His “living valentines,’’ and share His message of love and hope to those we come in contact with each day. “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men. …you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3: 2,3)
As you read God’s message of love throughout the Bible, realize His words aren’t meant to just sit on the page to be read, and then forgotten like many books written today. They aren’t meant to be tucked away on a shelf or kept in a pretty box as a keepsake. They aren’t meaningless words -- they are life-filling, life-giving, and life-sustaining. When God speaks to us in His word, He will speak through us as a vessel of His love. As His love fills our lives, it overflows from us into the lives of others. With the message of His love, we can become “living valentines.”
May you be God’s love letter to the world, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year.
Scripture to Remember: “…let us love one another, for love is from God.…By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” (I John 4: 7,9)
Question to Consider: How will I convey the message of God’s love to my family and friends, and to strangers?
Prayer: God, help me to be your “living valentine” every day. Show me how to be a vessel of your love. Amen
Thought for the Day: Today, I choose to demonstrate God’s love to the unlovable people in my life.
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