The Lord God Almighty loves you!
The Lord God Almighty loves you!
It’s probably fair to say that February isn’t a lot of people’s favourite month of the year. The New Year celebrations of January are all but a distant memory and yet the Easter holidays are still a good way off in the future. The weather is often bitterly cold and the nights are still long, yet slap bang in the middle of the month lies February’s redeeming feature - Valentine’s Day. A day of loooove! Well, actually, it’s a period of intense consumerist marketing, but on the whole people don’t mind because it often cheers up an otherwise dreary winter month with a bit of panache. That is of course… as long as you have a valentine with which to share the day! There are many people for whom Valentine’s Day is little more than a painful reminder of their singleness and for some, it can really play havoc with their self-esteem or self-worth.
Young people especially, can hit the dizzying age of 16 and think, ‘why doesn’t anyone find me attractive’, or ‘why can’t I get a boyfriend?’ Can I please emphasise that there is nothing wrong with being single! The only perfect example of humanity the world has ever known - Jesus Christ, God Incarnate - was single. As was the Apostle Paul. Indeed, there have been many highly successful people who never found romantic love or married but went on to accomplish great things and live rich and full lives. People such as Jane Austin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Queen Elizabeth I, Isaac Newton and Florence Nightingale, to name but a few.
This is the one of the dangers of seeking our self-worth from the attentions or affections of other people. The Bible tells us that God created mankind in His image (that is, to have a will, make decisions, have the ability to reason and be responsible for our actions) and that our worth, as well as the worth of every person who has ever lived, comes not from who they are nationally, or through what they achieve in life (their ability), but because God has created them with an inherent worth.
You are valuable to God! He made you to live in relationship with Himself so that you can know that His love for you is everlasting. As John 3:16 so famously states: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. He loved you enough to give you life through natural birth and He loved you enough to die for your sins to give you new birth: to be born again of the Spirit of God. No wonder the Psalmist says: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Ps.118:29)
So, whether you are single or dating, married, widowed or divorced, God loves you! And your importance and worth to Him can be seen in His willingness to die in your place (and mine) on the cross, taking away our sins, making it possible for us to have a living relationship with Him, as our Father, Saviour and Comforter. So, you’ve not got a rose, a card or a box of over-priced chocolates off anyone this year? So what! The Lord God Almighty loves you! And His love for you is perfect; He’ll never leave you nor forsake you – it’s an unconditional love that will last for all eternity; all you need to do is accept it.
Rev. Dr J. P. Mackenzie
Forres Baptist Minister