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In the Name of Love

The beauty of the sunrise over the waterfall reflects the beauty of the love of God.
Photo Credit: Mark Shutt Images

(By Lisa Peat)

Valentine’s Day: the day when people express their love with cards and gifts. 

According to the National Retail Federation, “Americans spent around  $25.9 billion, in total, on Valentine’s Day in 2023!”

$25.9 billion dollars! That is a staggering amount of money to be spent on one day, in one country. All in the name of love. 

Love is a choice, and our human love can grow and flourish, but unfortunately, it can also diminish and fade away. 

Some of you may look forward to Valentine’s Day, and others may dread it. No matter what your thoughts are about the day, I would like to remind us about a love that is eternal and priceless and that will never diminish or fade away. In 1 Peter 1:2-5, Peter writes:

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, "God is protecting you by his power" until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see .

Fully known and fully loved.

You were not forgotten or overlooked by God. He knew you, chose you, and made you Holy through the blood of His Son. 

God paid the highest price for you. He could not pay more because He paid with the life of His Son. The precious blood of Jesus Christ has washed you clean and redeemed you back to God.

Our inheritance is the gift of God Himself and since we have Christ in us, we can enjoy our inheritance now as we wait for faith to give way to sight and we see Him face to face. Our inheritance is secure because it is kept by God’s power and His promise. 

“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).


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