It is Valentine’s Day.
Like many others on this day, there is someone I absolutely have to boast in and say how wonderful and amazing it is to be loved by this special someone.
When I titled this post, “A Love Like No Other,” I truly do mean that.
How could I not proclaim the absolute, amazing, earth-shattering, logic-defying, never-ending love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?!?!
There is no greater and fulfilling love than His!
No human relationship can compare! I am loved perfectly, sublimely, and unconditionally!
HIs love is strong. It is a love that stays the same no matter how my day goes.
Best day, He still loves me fully. Worst day, He still loves me fully. Mediocre day, He still loves me fully.
This is love!
I was a sinner headed straight for the eternal fires of Hell. I hated God, loved myself and wanted my own selfish way.
Enter my Jesus.
He stepped into history as 100% man and 100% God. He lived a perfect life, fulfilled the perfect demands of God’s just law. He resisted every temptation and was victorious where I miserably failed. He was perfect in word, thought and deed, while I was vile.
He went to the cross, bloodied, bruised and unrecognizable because of how badly He had been beaten, whipped and mocked.
Because of my sin, nails pierced His hands and feet. My voice joined in among the scoffers as He hung there. I couldn’t care less that I was a rebel against God who deserved His full wrath. I was too caught up in the fleeting and deadly deceptive pleasures of my sin.
Then He spoke words that seemed impossible. As He hung there in unimaginable agony, He uttered His forgiveness of my hate-filled words and actions against Him.“Father, forgive Nathaniel for he knows not what he is doing.”
I was taken aback. The One who I was an enemy of had forgiven me?
What kind of love is this? A love that reaches out to the vilest sinner and offers forgiveness?
The Savior of the world cried out, “It is finished,”
bowed His head and died.
Oh, but death didn’t hold my glorious Savior down! Nay, He rose again on the third day and is alive today! I just talked with Him a few moments ago. And His love for me is just as strong as that day He hung on the cross and proclaimed words of forgiveness towards me. (Romans 5:6-8, Jeremiah 31:3)
I recognized my folly and on February 7, 2002, 16 years and a week ago, I surrendered my self-centered ways and sin-filled life to the Savior’s cleansing power. I joyfully answer to Him now as my Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:9)
I cannot honesty express my full joy and peace in this love of my Savior. I wish all could see how His love is enough. I wish I could make you understand how every human being’s love falls short of this perfect standard. I wish I could make you understand there is nowhere else for a love this deep and fulfilling to be found. I wish I could chose for you to live in the light of this glorious love of Jesus. Yet, I can’t. I only can simply testify to the richness and perfection of this love. (1 John 3:1)
My prayer is that you too will find your ultimate and only love in Jesus Christ. I love others because He first loved me. My love for others is simply an expression of my love for my Jesus. (1 John 4:19)So on this Valentine’s Day, I want to publicly proclaim for all the world to see and hear - I belong to Jesus! I love Him and I am not ashamed of the One who loves me more than words can express! He is enough and I proclaim that there is no love more sweet and wonderful than this! This is my love, Jesus Christ and oh, all glory be to the Lord for this fellowship I have with the God of the universe!
Have you found your satisfaction and perfect love in Jesus Christ?
I have. I pray that you will too."The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing."
- Zephaniah 3:17