The Greatest Lover

Even in the best of earthly relationships or the closest marriage, we don’t always feel loved. We long for a perfect love from one who knows us intimately and loves us sacrificially and unconditionally, but only God can give us perfect love. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s a great time to ponder a few of God's words of love. I hope you read them as a Valentine to you today.

  • For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).   
  • In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
  • But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
  • We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
  • For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, and your faithfulness reaches the clouds (Psalm 57:10).
  • Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love (John 15:9).
  • No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends (John 15:14).
  • I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you (Jeremiah 31:3).
  • For the LORD is good. His loyal love endures, and he is faithful through all generations (Psalm 110:5).
  • For there is no other God like you! You forgive sin and pardon the rebellion of those who remain among your people. You do not remain angry forever, but delight in showing loyal love. (Micah 7:18).
  • For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This post is an edited version of one that originally appeared 2/14/2012 on the blog Beyond which is no longer online.

Kay is a life-long Texan whose favorites are Tex-Mex, books that feed her soul or make her think, good movies and travel to new places. Her great joy is to serve God by teaching the Bible and developing women as servant-leaders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries, which provides free videos, podcasts and articles as well as low-cost Bible studies to prepare Christian women for leadership. (beyondordinarywomen.org) Kay spent ten years leading women’s ministries on church staffs, most recently at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas. Kay is the author of From Ordinary Woman to Spiritual Leader: Grow your Influence, a practical guide to help Christian women influence others by applying foundational leadership skills to their lives and ministries, and a number of Bible studies for women, some are available at bible.org and the newer ones are found at beyondordinarywomen.org. Kay earned an M.A.C.E. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women. Kay’s family includes a husband, two grown children, one son-in-law, two hysterical granddaughters and a Goldendoodle.