Happy Valentines Day!

For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Since we live in world where you could probably get married and divorced all in the same day, I thought I would blog on love.  Our culture mistakenly leads us to believe that love is about a feeling.  How some other person makes us feel.  When that emotion wanes or disappears completely, many falsely believe they are no longer in love.

Scripture teaches us that love is no a feeling but a choice.  When we make a conscious decision to love we are practicing the same kind of love Jesus gives to us.  Feelings fade, they cannot be substained for any length of time.  For example, do you remember the excitement you felt when you got your first drivers licence or how you felt when received your first paycheck.  Most likely not.  True love is a choice.  We choose to love our mates, our children, our extended family, and our friends.

God made a choice to allowed His Son to die upon a cross, in order that we would not die and would have eternal life.  Often we think I can’t love him or her because… fill in the blank.  But our Lord loved us so much that He was willing to allow His one and only Son to die for us.  I don’t think that was an easy choose to make!

Jesus made a choice to obey His Father and endure a horrible death upon a tree in order that we could receive salvation.  Wow! Amazing! What an example of choosing to love!

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I  imagine my husband really didn’t  feel like making this beautiful frame for me, but he did.  He made a choice to show his love for me by happyly creating this frame to display our children’s fingerprints.

DSCN0926When I asked my children to lend their fingerprints to this picture, they could have said NO.  But they choose to show me love by obeying my wishes.

   

We make the choice to love, its not always easy but its still a choice we can make.

Jesus  choose to love us even when He knew He would be betrayed …

When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.  Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I day to you, one of you will betray Me.”  Matthew 26:20-21 

When He knew Peter would deny Him three times…

Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.  Matthew 26:34 

When His disciple slept in the Garden of Gethsemane…

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”  Matthew 26:40 

When the cup was abhorrent to Him and he sweat drops of blood…

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’t throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.  Then His sweat became like drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Luke 22: 41-44   

When Judas betrayed Him..

And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.  Now  His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One seize Him.”  Immediately he went up to Jesus ans said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

When Jesus could have spoken in His defense He said nothing…

Then Pilate said to Him, Do You not hear many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.  Matthew 27:13-14

Jesus endured all the below because He choose to LOVE US

 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.  Matthew 27:26 

And they stripped Him and put scarlet robe on Him.  When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand.  And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.  Matthew 27:28-30

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments , casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet:  Matthew 27:35a

And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:  THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Matthew 27:37s

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His Spirit.  Matthew 27:50

You are LOVED by the KING OF KINGS.  He made choice to LOVE YOU even before you were ever born.

Happy Valentines Day!  

KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED BY THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!

Count blessings, Kasey

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