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Loving God

We know how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly. God is love, and anyone who,lives in love is living with God and God is living in him. And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the day of judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy, because he loves us and we love him too.

We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us, and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us. So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first. 1 John 4: 16-19 (TLB)

Drexel C. Rankin lives in Kentucky. One February morning, Drexel walked into the church's daycare center and found the room filled with valentines - red hearts, pink hearts, hearts adorned with paper dollies, hearts cut from magazines. They hung from the ceiling; they were posted on bulletin boards and taped to windows; they were scattered on tables. Drexel commented to the director about the delightful display. "Oh," she explained, "these are valentines that the children made for God." What a wonderful idea!

Every February, Drexel and his wife send Valentine's Day cards to their grandchildren to let them know that they love them. But too often Drexel fails to express his love to God. His love for God is a response to God's divine love for him. We can express our love for God by spending time in God's presence, enjoying God's nearness, reading God's word, and daily seeking to know God better. We also show our love for God in the way we talk, what we do, and how we use our talents.

Every day is made up of hundreds of little moments that are opportunities to love God, and every opportunity matters. Drexel tries to include in his morning prayers some verbal "valentine" and, in his daily activities, demonstrations to God that are a simple "I love you" to the One who first loved me.

Prayer: Loving God, we want to know you and be known by you. May your love radiate from us so that others will know your love, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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