Valentine’s Day. As a single twenty-something-year-old, the V-Day paraphernalia can serve as a firm reminder of your single status; just in case you were unaware or had forgotten.
But as a single twenty-something-year-old that’s actually enjoying her single season [95% of the time], I’m choosing this year to let this commercial ‘holiday’ that pushes my gag-reflex into overdrive, to instead remind me of the greatest love I’ll ever know: the love of God, the Father of all compassion and comfort.
Irrespective of your relationship status, I believe that God wants everyone to have their own personal revelation of how much He loves YOU. If you haven’t had this yet, that moment when the penny drops and you begin to scratch the surface of the depth of God’s love for you, then I encourage you to ask God for it.
So, this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my own Love Revelation in the hope that it leads you to either revisit yours or seek God to experience it for the first time.
JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW…BUT DID I REALLY KNOW?!
I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a family of faith. Since I was born I have gone to church, and at age seven I made the decision to give my heart to God.
This upbringing meant that I’ve been surrounded by messages of God’s unwavering and immeasurable love for me.
In Sunday School we’d sing “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…” and over the 12+ Hillsong Colour Conferences I have attended I’ve heard the message of my value and worth in God, and of His great love for me.
To say that I had the educational and biblical knowledge of God’s love for me is an understatement.
But until last year, I never realised that I was actually missing my own personal, deep Love Revelation.
MY LOVE REVELATION
I love Matt Redman’s song ’10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)’. One day I was singing its words: “Bless the Lord oh my soul…” It sparked a thought: How do I create within me a soul that could bless Almighty God?
How do I even begin to develop a soul within me that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords could be blessed by? Who am I to bless God?
God was quick in his reply when he spoke this to my heart:
“You have a warped view of your value and worth to me. I want you to know how much I love you. That by simply drawing into my presence your soul blesses me.”
Cue the overwhelming peace that comes when God himself whispers how much He loves you straight to your heart!
Right before God spoke this to me I was reading the well-known parable of the Prodigal Son. You’ll find it in Luke 15:11-31. It’s a parable often referred to when we talk about salvation, about people meeting Jesus for the first time. It’s used to demonstrate the grace, forgiveness and love of God.
Little did I know, God had planned to use this ancient parable to give me a new revelation of his great love for me!
In the parable, after the son has squandered his inheritance on “wild living” (vs. 13), and had lowered himself to feeding pigs in the hope of getting food, he decided to go back to his father.
Verse 18-19 says:
“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.”
Then again in verse 21:
“The son said to him ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’”
The son used his sin as a measure of his worth to the father.
When we do this, use our sin [shortcomings, stuff ups, mistakes, errors in judgement, bad decisions] to measure how much we are worth to God, we will NEVER measure up!
However, there is GOOD NEWS. A SALVATION MESSAGE: When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, his blood washed them away. When he defeated the devil and rose again three days later, our sin was no longer on Him. He had defeated sin and death, once for all!
Romans 6:10 says: “The death he died, he died to sin once for all…”
Hebrews 10:14 says: “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
1 John 4:10 says: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
In light of this truth, why are we using our sin to measure or quantify our worth to God?
Back to Luke chapter 15, in verses 22-24, we see the father’s response to his son’s claims of unworthiness – he ignores them!
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”
Instead of finger-pointing and I-told-you-so’s, the father immediately lavishes his blessings on his son, clothing him in majesty. What an incredible visual for how our God responds when we try to tell him that we are not worthy!
God ignores our perceptions of our worth and value to Him, and instead robes us with majesty, blessing and LOVE in abundance!
That’s how he demonstrates our worth to Him!
The truth of the matter is this: when we commit our hearts and lives to Jesus, our sins are gone and we are God’s beloved children. He loves us so much! And he wants us to know it! To have our own personal Love Revelation.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV) says:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
So, in light of this revelation of God’s love for me, I came to learn the answer to my earlier question – how could my soul bless the Lord?
Of course, my soul blesses Him! Because He loves me that much! When I come to Him in a posture of worship, Word-seeking, revelation-hunting and door-knocking, my soul blesses Him.
God is simply offering for us to come to Him, of our own freewill, so that he can lavish his love on us!
WHAT’S YOUR LOVE REVELATION?
So, that’s my Love Revelation. What’s yours?
If you’ve had your own revelation of God’s love, I encourage you to re-visit it today, and every day that follows!
If you haven’t had your Love Revelation yet, ask God for it! The bible tells us that when we seek and ask God for something that is aligned to His heart, it will be given to us.
Luke 11:9-10 (NIV) says:
“So I [Jesus] say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
I also believe this: that one Love Revelation is not enough to God. If you stop and listen, he’s telling you how much He loves you every day! Enjoy it. Relish it. Be found in it.
Dear Jesus, I thank you that you love me! I thank you that you sent your son Jesus to pay the price for my sins and shortcomings, so that I could come to know you and experience your love first-hand.
I pray that you would give me a revelation of how much you love me, deep in my heart, and that I will carry that with me all of my days.