“Devotions From the Heart”
“My Heart Delights in God’s Love”
It is almost that time of year again, the “love day,” Valentine’s Day. The stores are filled with red heart-shaped boxes of surprises and aisles of cards, candy and sweetheart gifts. It is a lovely time to express one’s love and fondness of another. It is more importantly a reminder to us of our loving God.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
In God’s Word, He has commanded us to “love one another” and to do that we must express it in visible, audible and tangible ways as He has shown us. He reminds us what true love really is and that love emanates from God himself because God is love. Thus we, as His loving children, show our delight in His love by spending time with Him in prayer, reading, meditating on the Word of God and by our obedience to Him. This is putting our love to action daily, not just on special days, but every day we are to show love to God, to the brethren, our family and friends, neighbors and enemies. This is love in action.
“Delighting in God springs ” From a holy and frequent familiarity with God. Where there is a great familiarity there is a great delight; delight in one another’s company, and delight in one another’s converse; strangeness contracts, and familiarity enlarges the soul. There is more swiftness in going to a God with whom we are acquainted, than to a God to whom we are strangers. This encourages the soul to go to God; I go to a God whose face I have seen, whose goodness I have tasted, with whom I have often met in prayer. Frequent familiarity makes us more understanding of the excellency of another; an excellency understood will be beloved, and being beloved, will be delighted in.” __Stephen Charnock
So then dear brethren, as you celebrate this wonderful season of expressions of love, remember this precious God that has loved you and given Himself for you. Love is giving of oneself, their gifts, their time and yes even sharing a special gift on Valentine’s Day.
Living Coram Deo,
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