Valentine’s Day has become a time for engagements and wedding bells. It’s a time of love. And we give a heart shaped valentine to represent the giving of our own heart to that special person in our lives. But we know it is what is in our hearts that really counts.
Amazingly enough, this message permeates the Bible. “Let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). Here is the heart of the matter. Love comes from a heart transformed by God. And those who are born of God can say, “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).
This supernatural work of God is hard to accept. Why? We set our own standards for love based on feelings. When the flame of love is gone we think the love has also gone. We forget the aspect of commitment. We forget the “until death do us part” commitment. We want the privileges of love without the responsibilities. But God’s love in our hearts does two things. First, it causes us to keep our commitments. Second, it causes us to enjoy the one to whom we are committed.
To help you understand this better, click here and listen to a message called, “Born Again of Love.”