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 Ahh… (yawn).. OK OK  she’s off to work where   do I start? First, you’re off to the florist to get a dozen long stem roses. Then you are off to the grocery store to get her favorite chocolates and maybe grab a few candles while you’re there. Oh no, I didn’t get her anything! Now you jet over to the Jewelry store to get her some earrings and the last heart shaped trinket for miles.

Whewww… I’m done, another year in the bag. This is the  story for many of us every year on this day. We get so caught up in the formality of the holiday that we forget just that.. This is a “Holiday” or  to pull from the etymology of the word “Holy Day.” Yes people, the word holiday has the derived meaning of  a day representing a holy/religious celebration.

      Hmmm, religious Valentines Day? What is  the correlation to God. Well in-keeping with the universal theme of “love” which is what this day is all about right? I have posted 7 ways that God has shown love to us. So tonight when you’re at that 5 star restaurant or just having a candlelight dinner with your significant other, I challenge you to to speak about the love of God.

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God loves us with Atoning love.

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (Jhn 3:16-17)

God loves us with Redeeming love.

“God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Rom 8:3-4)

God loves us with Justifying love.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Rom 3:23-25)

God loves us with Sanctifying love.

“We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb 10:10)

God loves us with Glorifying love.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2)

God loves us with Adopting love.

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”” (Rom 8:15)

God loves us with Calling love.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet 2:9)



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