We are living in the most incredible love story ever told, every day of our lives. It is all about God and His vast, unchanging love for us that took Him to the cross to remove the barrier of sin between Him and us, and then set about the task of making us spotless and blameless in His sight as His Bride. All of this is to present us to Himself at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, from which we will reign with Him forever.
We are His Valentine, and our appeal to Him has nothing to do with our intrinsic beauty. As a matter of fact, in our sin, which is where He found us, we are pretty ugly and undesirable. But this is where God’s love is so unique: We become beautiful through His love. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” the saying goes, and that is exactly the case with us. God turns our ugliness into beauty through His love.
This is hard for us to believe because we have a tendency to not love ourselves. This can be for all sorts of reasons. We sell ourselves short, or put ourselves down. We refuse to believe our forgiveness. We punish ourselves. We hesitate to let go off our guilt because in spite of what Christ has done for us, we think we have to pay for our sins. At least we think we feel better if we do. This is twisted and false. It is a lie of he devil.
When all along, all we need to do is accept His love. Believe what God sees us to be — lovely and worthy of His love. His love makes us that way. Learn to love yourself because God loves you completely, unconditionally. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that God not only loves you … He finds you lovely. He desires you. He’s thought about this and planned for you from before the beginning of time. He has worked this out. He’s invested all of history in making His relationship with you possible.
So believe it. You are His Valentine. Receive this gift from Him today. It’s our day. Happy Valentine’s Day!