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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Special Part 1

For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

I sure this probably is what you think about when you think of valentines day. Most of you are thinking of giving people hearts and telling them you love them. Where does God come in?
GOD IS LOVE!!!


Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:10


We love BECAUSE God loved us. We live BECAUSE Christ saved us.
So we should love God. Some people make valentines and give them to friends, well make yourself a valentine for God. God's got a place in valentines day because God set the example of love. 
And what about these verses?


Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8

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 him.
1 John 4:16


Like I said before.
GOD IS LOVE!!!
If God is love, then God must know a whole lot about love. And God wants a whole lot of people to love him, not just on valentines day. Valentines day is just one of 365 days that God wants love on. Today is just the awareness day. Love God all day, but today I am just telling you that God wants your love.
God gave you love and God wants you to give some of it back. God wants you to give some love to people, but save some for God!
There's a whole different post for what love is. I'll get that one out there soon, but if you want a preview for my "Valentine's Day Special Part 2" post, then read 1 Corinthians 13.
God is love, and love has come for us.
I wrote this whole thing to tell you should love God. Give God a valentine and you can give people valentines too, but be SURE to give God one.


Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 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 him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 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. We love because he first loved us. 
1 John 4:7-19

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