A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a holiday devoted to the expression of love. This year in the U.S., spending on Valentine’s Day will exceed eighteen billion dollars with the top four gifts being jewelry, an evening out, clothing, and flowers. The communication and display of love is something that we all need and crave in our lives. Although cards and gifts are thoughtful tokens of love, they are not the ultimate expression of love. If we want to know what love really is we must turn our attention to the cross. In Romans 5:8 Paul writes, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The word demonstrates means to put on display or make public. At the cross, we witness God’s unconditional love for those who were enslaved to the power and guilt of sin. The extent of God’s love is testified to by the price Jesus Christ was willing to pay for our forgiveness. It is Christ’s love for us that now becomes the standard by which every Christian is to treat others.
Hopefully, you will receive a card or gift on Valentine’s Day letting you know that someone loves you. But even if you don’t, remember that God has provided proof of His love for you by purchasing your forgiveness and promising to be with you forever. That’s a love that even Hallmark can’t put a price on.