It’s Valentine’s Day, and the first primary word in my overarching life purpose is “love.” How would you think that I would write about anything else today?

I love PR31. I love Alex & Austin. I love my extended family. I love my in-laws. I love my friends. I love my pastors. And I really try to love everyone else.

But the only reason I have any real love to give is because God loved me first. It’s that unending supply of His which fills me up enough to have love to give to others. At the risk of sounding “preachy,” I John 4:19 points out that we love each other because God loved us first.

If you skip back a few verses, we read that God is love. This is written by the guy who was probably Jesus’ closest friend on earth during His ministry years. He became known as John the beloved… or the one Jesus loved. He knew what it meant to be loved and thereby have love to give.

So, really, if you love someone today… that’s because you were loved by God first and He deposited that love in you. That selflessness… that sacrificing… that commitment… that faithfulness… that caring… that serving… that love exemplified came as a result of having all that placed in your heart… whether you knew it or not.

Some people don’t feel loved today. But if you have loved anyone else at all, it is evidence that you are loved by someone (God) who will never stop loving you. So regardless of whether or not you got flowers or went on a date on this oh so celebrated day of love… whether you feel loved or not… count on it, you are one absolutely loved person!


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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