Having God as our Father, we are like a child. Â We are covered with LOVE!
Who can separate you from your love affair?
â€œWho shall separate us from the love of Christ?â€
For me, these are appropriate questions to pose now.Â Today is an exhilarating time for many couples to celebrate their love affair by giving and receiving gifts as expressions of love. But then, there are many who are brokenhearted because of broken relationships caused by rejection and betrayal.Â They feel unloved and unfulfilled; they are lonely and feel alone. They are feeling insignificant because their need to feel loved is unmet.Â They have no love affair, no true relationship built on trust and unconditional love.Â Consequently, Valentineâ€™s Day is depressing for them.
Believe me, I understand.Â I can relate to those feelings.Â I can even relate to not only feeling unloved, but thinking maybe I will never experience true love and the warmth of a loving relationship.Â However, that mindset changed when I came into the knowledge of who I am apart from the perception of others who cannot see me or themselves as created in the image and likeness of God.
I have learned to look deep within and assess my feelings that are based on my “negative” childhood experiences and embrace the truth.Â My insecurities grew just as I did. Therefore, as an adult the child in me longed for the security and significance that my absent biological father did not provide.Â Consequently, as an adult, I clung to a relationship with the expectations of a child, which a man could not meet.Â He could not give me what I really neededâ€”a love affair that satisfied my soul’s longing and not just my fleshy lusts.
No doubt, many people are living their adult life as a child with childhood needs and expectations.Â Like a child, they are vulnerable and easily misled by the outward appearance while being showered with tangible items, and at the same time their soul is being damaged.Â Like a child, they are dependent upon the love of someone else to affirm them, care for them, provide for them and protect them, but they are paying the higher price in exchange.
Most definitely, Valentineâ€™s Day is an excellent time to share and express love and appreciation for our loving relationships.Â However, can we flip the script? Â Can we take the time to look deep within ourselves and assess where we are in relationship with the Father? Â How is that love affair? Is your soul still yearning for something an individual cannot fulfill? Or are you complete in Christ and your life is hidden in Him?
We are created for relationship—a love affair with God FIRST, and in turn, He divinely connects us to relate with othersâ€”relationships with those who are assigned to our lives for a reason or season or even a lifetimeâ€”those who are empowered to help each other reach their fullest potential and fulfill their God-given purpose.Â Now, thatâ€™s love! Thatâ€™s God! It is the kind of love affair that is inseparable.
As Christians, God is our Father. He desires to be a Father to all who will accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Having God as our Father, assures us of His unconditional love.Â He is faithful to provide for us in abundance and protect us. More importantly, He assures us of eternal life.Â Having God as our Father, we are like a child. Â We are covered with LOVE!Â He shields us from elements that will damage our soul and cause eternal damnation.
On Valentineâ€™s sure I want to hear the words, â€œI love you.â€ Sure, I want to receive gifts as expressions of love. Â However, this Valentineâ€™s Day I am asking myself these questions: Who can separate me from my love affair? Who shall separate me from the love of Christ?Â And the little girl in me knows the answer!
Â â€œAnd I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from Godâ€™s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrowâ€”not even the powers of hell can separate us from Godâ€™s love. Â No power in the sky above or in the earth belowâ€”indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.â€ Romans 8:38-39 New Living Translation (NLT)
Happy Valentineâ€™s Day!