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Valentine’s Day and the Greatest Love Story of All

Today is Valentine’s Day, a day devoted to romance. But there is a love story better than any other love story ever written. The greatest love story of all is the love story recorded in the Holy Bible. The most famous verse that mentions this story is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” But there are other verses, and more specific verses, that tell us this best love story.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

Jesus exhibited the greatest love anyone could exhibit, because He laid down His life for His friends … and for us, when we were “still sinners.” And notice especially what the Holy Spirit conveys through Paul in Ephesians: God predestined us “in love.” God did not predestine people to hell. (In Acts 13:46, people “judge [themselves] unworthy of eternal life.”) Biblically, unsaved people are responsible for their condemnation, for they willingly reject God. It is “in love” that God predestined His people to salvation. (Granted, His people inevitably respond in repentance and faith and by lifelong perseverance … but all of this, from first to last, is done by the grace of God.)

How glorious the love story where God predestines us in love “before the foundation of the world.” How amazing that Christ would “lay down His life” not only for His friends, but for us, “while we were still sinners!” How wonderful the love story that has no end, but that will rather continue throughout all eternity! Praise the Lord! Praise “His glorious grace!”

Let us join God in this love story. Let us love the One who loves us even though in our sin we are unlovable. Let us praise the One alone who is glorious. Let us praise the God whose glory is to be motivation behind our every action! Let us “set our minds on things that are above” and let us forever live out what we set our minds upon! Let us forever show God our love for Him. Today is Valentine’s Day, and let us all remember that we are betrothed to the Lamb who was slain for our sins, and raised for our justification. Who is more deserving of our love? Let us love the One who is love. Let us love the One who first loved us. Today and every day for the rest of our lives.

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