“Loving God”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, February 14, 2022 comes to us from Drexel C. Rankin of Kentucky

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:16-19 NIV
 

“Loving God”

One February morning, I walked into the church’s daycare center and found the room filled with valentines – red hearts, pink hearts, hearts adorned with paper doilies, hearts cut from magazines. They hung from the ceiling; they were posted on bulletin boards and taped to windows they were scattered on tables. I commented to the director about the delightful display. “Oh,” she explained, “these are valentines that the children made for God.” What a wonderful idea!


Every February, my wife and I send Valentine’s Day cards to our grandchildren to let them know that we love them. But too often I fail to express my love to God. My love for God is a response to God’s divine love for me. We can express our love for God by spending time in God’s presence, enjoying God’s nearness, reading God’s word, and daily seeking to know God better. We also show our love for God in the way we talk, what we do, and how we use our talents. Every day is made up of hundreds of little moments that are opportunities to love God, and every opportunity matters. I try to include in my morning prayers some verbal “valentines” and, in my daily activities, demonstrations to God that are a simple “I love you” to the One who first loved me.

 

Friends –

I love the idea of offering Valentines to God, and of remembering that whenever we offer love to another in any way, we are also offering love to God. Once again, we are reminded that God loves each and all of us all the time, and because God freely gives each and all of us this unconditional loving kindness, we are called to share that love with others. Or as Pastor Anthony says “You are a blessing from God, now go and be a blessing to others.”

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Loving God, we want to know you and be known by you. May your love radiate from us so that others will know your love. Amen.

--Drexel C. Rankin


Prayer Focus:

Someone who needs my love.


Thought for the Day:

I will be intentional about showing my love for God today.