Will You Be Mine?
Recently, I saw some of those old-fashioned valentines we exchanged as kids. Our hearts fluttered when we received greetings from that certain girl or boy. We felt special because somebody had taken the time to place our name on a bright red heart.
Typically, our thoughts on Valentine’s Day turn to roses, candy, cards, and other gifts of love. As adults, we still enjoy receiving these traditional expressions of friendship and romance. But there is an even more special kind of Valentine. It came from God. The ultimate expression of love sent to you—and to me. His name is Jesus. God sent Him to earth to die for our sins—for yours and for mine.
Valentines are usually received with joy and excitement. But many turn down God’s invitation to “Be Mine.” Imagine the pain of rejection that God must feel when we refuse to accept His love.
God created us to have a love relationship with Him. Let’s not miss the enormity of that statement. We are not talking about some puppy love valentine in elementary school. We are talking about the Maker of the universe creating us for the express purpose of love. Yet most people refuse to accept His love.
Think about your first romance. Your heart rate skyrocketed with that first touch, that first kiss. A whole new world opened when you let someone who cared about you into your heart.
We all have a void in our heart—a void that can only be filled by loving and being loved. Part of this space can be filled by those who are dearest to us, people to whom we send yearly valentines. But the Maker of our heart is the only one who can fill that empty space perfectly. We were made by God for God, and no one else can make our life complete.
Only perfect love can satisfy our heart. Have you ever found perfect love with another person? Happiness, excitement, and comfort perhaps—but never perfection. Because none of us is perfect. Only God’s love is perfect.
People’s love is imperfect because it is conditional. We are wired to love for a reason. Because she is beautiful. Because he can help me reach my goals. Because she understands me. But God loves us unconditionally. We are unworthy, unlovable, and undeserving—yet He loves us.
What Does the Bible Say?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Whom does God love? The world. He loves all of us. He loves us no matter what we do. No matter where we live. No matter the color of our skin. We have all sinned and displeased God—but He still loves us. We find this hard to understand because we see love as something that needs to be earned. We think that if we have sinned, we deserve God’s judgment—not His love. But He has chosen to love us—no matter what.
Some of us grew up in homes where we had to earn love through good behavior. That makes it hard for us to understand God’s unconditional love. But notice the second part of this verse. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son so “whoever believes in Him” will have eternal life. It doesn’t say “whoever obeys the rules” or “whoever does enough good deeds.” It says, “whoever believes in Him.” Because He loves us unconditionally, God offers forgiveness and eternal life as a gift for whoever believes.
God loves YOU, totally and continuously and perfectly. There is just no stopping Him. It doesn’t matter how bad you are or how good you are—you are not going to change God’s love for you.
How Can I Accept God’s Love?
Adam and Eve sinned against God and were driven out of a perfect paradise into an imperfect world to bear imperfect children. But their sin did not stop God’s love. He set into motion a plan for forgiveness. A plan to restore our relationship with Him. How did He do it? By sending Jesus to pay the price for our sin.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
As you read these words, where is your heart with God? He clearly wants to come into your life. All He asks is that you believe Jesus loves you and died on the cross for your sins. Believing opens the door for His forgiveness. He will come to you not because you have done anything to deserve His forgiveness, but because He loves you.
Are You Ready?
Your heart was made for Him. Are you ready to accept His love? Believe in Him, confess your sins, and receive His forgiveness. Ask Him to come into your heart and give Him rightful control over your life. You will begin an adventure you never thought possible!
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)